JOPLIN, Mo. —
People who want to get rid of old television sets or computers will be able to do so for free and know that the items will be recycled instead of being taken to a landfill.
The business Computer Trade will work with the Joplin Recycling Center on Friday, Jan. 4, to recycle electronic items. The session will be held from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the recycling center, 1310 W. A St., near Maiden Lane. It is open to all area residents and not restricted to those who live in Joplin.
Electronics normally are accepted at the Joplin Recycling Center for free, but at this event Computer Trade will remove hard drives from computers and destroy them on site, according to Mary Anne Phillips, the city’s recycling coordinator.
Part of the cost of the event is being paid by the Region M Solid Waste Management District and the Missouri Department of Natural Resources. Fees collected from the Lamar landfill and the Republic Services transfer station near Joplin by Region M are given to help fund recycling programs like the electronics collection, according to Phillips.
She said recycling is an important environmental safeguard because computers can leak toxic materials into landfills. Also, many parts from electronic items are recyclable, which is less polluting than dumping the items in a landfill. Recycling also creates jobs.
The items disposed of at the event will not be made available to the public for reuse, according to Phillips.
Electronic items that may be disposed of at the event include laptop and desktop computers; televisions; telephones; cameras; audio, video and stereo equipment; cables and cords; computer parts; fax machines; scanners; and video game consoles. Small printers will be accepted, but the center cannot accept large photocopiers.
INFORMATION IS AVAILABLE by calling Mary Anne Phillips, 624-0820, ext. 501, or Computer Trade, 417-770-6933.