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Electronics collection is Saturday
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Televisions can be dropped off for a fee of $10 at Saturday's electronics recycling event. - photo by File photo
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The electronics recycling event is set for 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday at the Cumming Fairgrounds, parking lot No. 3, off Castleberry Road. Contact: (770) 205-4573 or
Everything from cameras and cell phones to printers and record players will be collected during an electronics recycling event Saturday at the Cumming Fairgrounds.

The event, sponsored by Keep Forsyth County Beautiful, took in more than 91,000 pounds of electronics in 2008.

“We hope to break last year’s record,” said Tammy Wright, the organization’s environmental programming manager.

The recycling event is held twice a year, in the fall and spring. Last fall’s event yielded nearly twice the drop-offs as spring, which Wright said collected about 57,000 pounds.

Donations of $5 per carload will be accepted Saturday, and there will be a $10 charge for televisions to cover the higher disposal cost.

Wright said the fee won’t deter people who want to get rid of their old TVs. But this year could see a drop in television collections because of the recent conversion to digital cable.

“I think we got the flush of that last year with people converting to digital, so I really don’t expect as many televisions,” she said. “That’s one of the reasons last fall’s event was so high ... because people were preparing.”

This year, the event will also accept donations of lightly worn shoes for Soles4Souls, a nonprofit organization donating footwear to families in need.

All recycled materials will go to Atlanta Recycling Solutions in south Forsyth.

“They dismantle the majority of the components and then sell it to companies who reuse it,” Wright said.

Dave Horton, fairgrounds administrator, said the event is popular.

“They get a lot of recycling done,” he said. “It’s grown every year for them. It’s been a great event for the city and county.”