The Davis & Elkins College Center for Sustainability Studies and the Randolph County Solid Waste Authority are partnering to help residents clear out unwanted electronic items with a special e-cycling event.
It's set for 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday across from the Elkins Recycling Center on 11th Street.
The effort is a response to state regulations, in place since Jan. 1, 2011, that ban the disposal of televisions, computers and monitors or displays larger than 4 diagonal inches in West Virginia landfills. State legislators created the regulation to address problems associated with the space electronic devices take up in landfills as well as the hazardous materials that can leach from the devices once underground.
D&E students, shown here at last year’s e-cycling event, collected more than a ton of electronics for recycling. This year’s event is set for 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday.
"Almost 40 percent of the lead and 70 percent of other toxins found in landfills are from electronics," said Russ McClain, director of D&E's Center for Sustainability Studies. "The devices also contain valuable recyclable materials that can be returned to manufacturers for re-use, thereby conserving dwindling resources. The future of electronic waste is recycling."
Citizens of Randolph County are encouraged to drop off their electronic waste at the 11th Street site, where students from D&E's GreenWorks! sustainability group and local volunteers will receive and load materials into an approved trailer.
Additional collection containers are now available in Harman, Coalton, Mill Creek and Montrose. These containers will be collected on Friday, and the materials will be transferred to the Elkins event trailer.
Acceptable materials include any covered electronic device (TV, computer, monitor), printers, communications hardware, power cords, mice, cables, DVD players, VCRs, cellphones, telephones, microwaves, fax machines and similar electronic devices or portions of devices.
No white goods can be accepted, such as refrigerators, freezers, washers and dryers. Drop-offs will be accepted by volunteers until 4 p.m. or until the trailer is full. For additional information on collection locations and acceptable materials, anyone interested can contact the Center for Sustainability Studies at 304-637-1309.