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April 4, 2014

E-waste collection event scheduled

NASHVILLE — The Washington County Solid Waste Committee and the Washington County Health Department will host a free electronics recycling collection for all Southern Illinois residents.

The collection will provide an opportunity for residents and businesses to safely recycle old electronics and related items.

The collection will be held 9 a.m. to noon, Saturday, April 12, at the Nashville Community Center parking lot located at 455 S. Washington St., Nashville.

The Illinois Electronic Products Recycling and Reuse Act took effect Jan. 1, 2012, and prohibits disposing of unwanted electronics in regular trash for burial in landfills. This includes televisions, computers, monitors, printers, keyboards, DVRs, etc. Unfortunately, officials have seen illegal dumping of these items. The free collection should be used as a means to get rid of these unwanted items and to prevent any further dumping.

If you have participated in a previous collection, you may participate in the upcoming collection as well. During these collections, there will be a limit of two television sets allowed per vehicle, otherwise, there is no other limit to the amount of e-Waste you may bring.

RNA Worldwide, a company out of Belleville, will be running the collection and removing the electronics. As a standard operational procedure, RNA Worldwide will clear off and completely wipe every data containing device they receive. If the device cannot be wiped clean, it will be shredded. For more information on RNA Worldwide, you may visit their website at www.RNAworldwide.com.

Items that will not be accepted include busted television sets, tires, light bulbs, paint or other hazardous materials or waste.

Questions about the collection can be directed to the Washington County Health Department at 327-3644 or to RNA Worldwide at 234-4320.

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