If spring cleaning has left you with some unwanted electronics, one local group is here to help.
On Saturday, Keep Forsyth County Beautiful will host their spring electronic recycling event at the Cumming Fairgrounds. Those attending the event might not even need to get out of their vehicles.
“We will have a circle type line in the fairgrounds, and our vendor, Atlanta Recycling Solution, will be set up in the middle. People will drive through and drop off their unwanted electronic equipment,” said Tammy Wright manager of environmental programs for the group.
“We will have volunteers that are helping people unload their cars, so hopefully they won’t even need to get out.”
Keep Forsyth County Beautiful is asking attendees for a small donation, though it will cost a little extra to recycle TVs and computer monitors, which goes toward the cost of extracting lead from the glass used in screens.
“We ask for a $5 donation which goes to the nonprofit Keep Forsyth County Beautiful,” Wright said. “The actual recycler they collect a fee for televisions and for monitors. The fee for televisions is $20 and the fee for monitors is $5.”
Once the items are collected, they are either refurbished or recycled.
“Some of it is refurbished and reused, but most of it is actually shredded and used back in the recycling process for whatever type of material it is,” Wright said. “If you a leave the hard drives or anything in the computer, they drill them so that nobody can take that material.”
Wright said that the group is not just looking for items that run on electricity, and is looking for more advanced electronics.
“A lot of times people think that just because it has a plug that it’s electronics, but that just means it runs on electricity,” she said. “We don’t take things like toasters, blenders, vacuum cleaners. If it’s a true electronic item, then we take it like TVs, monitors, radios.”
According to Wright, the number of attendees has gone up and down in past years, but that isn’t necessarily a bad thing.
“We have had over 300. Last year in the fall it was probably our lowest turn out, it was just over 100,” Wright said. “I think initially a lot of people had this stuff stockpiled. We’ve done it so many times now that the stockpile’s gone, and what we get now is not your really, really old equipment, but just everyday stuff that people are needing to get rid of.”