By TESA GLASS
NASHVILLE — —
Residents throughout the area will have the opportunity to properly dispose of electronic devices through two electronics recycling events.
"Anybody in the state can participate, and especially in this area," said Jamie Jones of the Washington County Health Department. "We're teaming up with the Washington County Solid Waste Committee and RNA Worldwide to provide the opportunity."
Finding a way to properly dispose of electronics has become an issue for many after the Illinois Electronic Products Recycling and Reuse Act took effect in 2012. According to Jones, the act prohibits disposing of unwanted electronics with regular trash destined for burial in landfills.
Because there are limited options for disposal of electronics, dumping in rural areas is on the increase, Jones stated.
"This free collection should be used as a means to rid these unwanted items and prevent any further dumping," information about the event states.
The free electronics recycling collections will be held on April 6 and May 11 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. The area that has been designated for both events is an empty lot on West Second Street between Nor Kaskaskia Street and Washington Street in Nashville, which is also identified as the empty lot across from the Nashville Public Works building.
Jones said RNA Worldwide, one of the co-sponsors of the event, is a company located in Belleville, and will be running the electronics collection.
"As a standard operational procedure, RNA Worldwide will clear off and completely wipe every data containing device they receive," information states. "If the device cannot be wiped clean, it will be shredded."
Items which can be dropped off include computers — laptops, CPU's, mainframes and peripherals; monitors, both CRT's and flat screens; telephones, cell phones and telephone systems; fax machines and central office equipment; printers and copiers; televisions; banking and financial equipment; medical equipment; rechargeable batteries; electronic circuit boards and components; stereo equipment, games and PDA's; microwaves; and all household appliances.
Items that can't be accepted include busted television sets, tires, light bulbs, paint or other hazardous materials or waste.
Additional information is available by contacting the Washington County Health Department at 327-3644.