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News Release

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Thursday, April 15, 2010

CONTACT: Melissa Bedford Fears
Public Communications Coordinator
(816) 969-1014 office
(816) 572-0605 cell

City Hosts Electronics Recycling Event May 1

Properly dispose of unused or end-of-life electronic equipment at the City of Lee’s Summit’s recycling event from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on May 1 at Lee’s Summit High School, located near the intersection of Highways 50 and 291.

Twice a year, the City offers an opportunity for residents and non-residents to properly dispose of e-waste, which is quickly becoming the fastest growing type of waste in the United States.  It is important to properly dispose of electronic waste because some products contain hazardous and toxic materials that pose environmental risks if placed in a landfill or incinerated.

There is a drop-off fee for some items, ranging in price from $5 to $25. For examples, desktop office printers and large faxes/scanners are $5 each; large printers, computer monitors, and televisions 19” or smaller are $10 each; televisions 20” or larger are $15; and console televisions are $25 each.  Payment can be made in the form of cash or check payable to “Surplus Exchange.”  Neither credit nor debit cards will be accepted.

Some items are also free to dispose of such as CPUs, keyboards, mice, personal printers, small faxes/scanners, cell phones, pagers, hand-held games, and CD players. Please bring items unpackaged and remain in your vehicle.  Onsite volunteers will unload items.

In Lee’s Summit, each year our citizens recycle more and more e-waste because of community’s growing commitment to environmental excellence and sustainability. More than 64,000 pounds of electronics were collected from 641 cars during the spring 2009 event, which exceeds the 57,540 pounds collected from 458 cars during the spring 2008 event.   

However, our community realizes there is still work to be done to educate consumers about the importance of recycling electronics. Americans are still throwing out with the trash more electronic waste than we’re recycling.  An Electronics TakeBack Coalition article reported in the United States, we threw away far more than we recycled according to the latest data collected from the United States Environmental Protection Agency.      

Products

Total Disposed

(millions of units)

Trashed

(millions of units)

Recycled

(millions of units)   

Recycling Rate

(by weight)

Televisions 26.9 20.6 6.3 18%
Computer Products 205.5 157.3 48.2 18%
Cell phones 140.3 126.3 14  10%
Source: Electronics Waste Management in the United States, Approach 1 from US EPA, July 2008.   

        
Call the City’s Environmental Programs Coordinator Kara Taylor at (816) 969-1804 for more information. Or, go online at www.lslandfill.net.

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