Easton encourages E-cycling

May 16, 2012 by  

Old computers, televisions, and VCRs should not spend the rest of their days in someone’s hot attic or basement. Easton and Northampton county residents have the opportunity to recycle their electronic devices on Saturday, May 19th, at Easton High School.

Usually, devices such as computers and televisions contain heavy metals like cadmium and lead. If these objects are sent to a landfill, the metals can leach into the ground, causing pollution and contamination. Recycling not only cuts down on pollution, it also means that new materials do not have to be produced or extracted from the earth.

Almost any type of electronic device will be accepted at the recycling event, from laptops to desktop computers and from ancient VCRs to newer DVD players. People can also bring old and unwanted refrigerators and air conditioners to the event. Large appliances and electronic devices are accepted free of charge.

Batteries and fluorescent light bulbs also contain hazardous materials, such as mercury. Easton will be accepting these objects at the recycling event as well. There is a charge of 75 cents per pound of batteries brought in and 25 cents per light bulb.

Brochure printers could have been used to educate Easton residents about the event and the value of recycling electronics. The brochures could explain why it is important for computers and other devices to be recycled. Printing companies could also be hired to print posters and flyers advertizing the event.

The recycling event starts at 9:00 am and lasts until 2:00 pm.