Friday, June 5, 2009

Getting Rid Of Your Electronic Waste

Tennessee Tech University is assisting the Cookeville-Putnam County Clean Commission and Putnam County Solid Waste Department to offer a summer e-waste collection for the Upper Cumberland region on Friday and Saturday, June 12 and 13. Representatives from the university will be serving as volunteers for the event, which is a benefit for Putnam County Habitat for Humanity’s ReStore, a home improvement warehouse open to the public. Volunteers from Habitat will also be on hand Friday for help unloading. The e-waste collection is set for noon to 6 p.m. on Friday and 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday at the Church of Christ parking lot on the corner of Jefferson Avenue and Jackson Street in Cookeville and is open to all residents and businesses in the Upper Cumberland region. Electronics that will be accepted for recycling include desktop computers, computer monitors, CPUs, computer fans, electronic games, laptop and notebook computers, kitchen appliances, curling irons, cell phones, televisions and other plug-in appliances. All types of batteries will also be accepted. Electronic items that are still in working condition, as well as household and building items and monetary donations, can be given to Habitat for Humanity’s ReStore. Appropriate household and building items for donation include lamps, pots and pans, dishes, linens and home d├ęcor, but no clothes and soiled or torn furniture will be accepted. Participants should remove any sensitive data before bringing electronics to the collection site, but the participating e-waste recycling company, Dan Scott Recycling of Knoxville, will erase hard drives. For more information about the collection, call the Clean Commission at 931/537-3278.