Residents invited to recycle old electronics Wednesday
by Patrick McCreless
Oct 22, 2013 | 2394 views |  0 comments | 44 44 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Residents are invited to rid themselves of old, unused electronics Wednesday during a recycling event hosted by the Calhoun County Chamber of Commerce.

The chamber will host its second free “e-cycling” event from 7:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Wednesday at its office on Quintard Avenue. Residents can also drop off their used electronics at the old train depot in Jacksonville on Mountain Street, at the J.C. Penney side of Quintard Mall and at Bynum Community Center.

The chamber is working with Wise Environmental Solutions in Birmingham and the Calhoun County Extension Office to hold the event.

Haley Gregg, program development coordinator for the chamber, said residents can recycle just about any electronic device, from cell phones, computers and fax machines to cameras, laptops and batteries. Gregg asked, however, that residents not bring in old televisions or computer monitors, because recycling those devices costs too much.

Gregg said the chamber decided to host a second, larger e-cycling event due to the response it received last year. The chamber received about 15,000 pounds of electronics to recycle last year, Gregg said.

"We got such a great response last year that we wondered what would happen if we expanded the locations and hours," Gregg said. "Last year we just had one location."

Gregg said the chamber's Community Improvement Committee came up with the idea for the event. The committee promotes environment-friendly projects in the community and educates businesses about being environmentally conscious.

"We try to find ways to help the community or educate members on what they can do to save money on things that are also environmentally friendly," Gregg said of the committee.

Staff writer Patrick McCreless: 256-235-3561. On Twitter @PMcCreless_Star.

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