KCNB plans local television recycling event
Keep Covington/ Newton Beautiful ( KCNB) and 5R Processors, Ltd. will sponsor a Television Recycling event on Saturday from 9 a.m. to noon at the parking lot behind the Historic Newton County Courthouse (between Clark Street and Usher Street).
Citizens can recycle household electronics and paint and dispose of pesticides on the first Saturday of each month from 8 a.m. to noon at the Newton County Landfill. This service is free to Newton County residents. However, no TVs are accepted during the regular monthly recycling dates.
“There is usually a charge to dispose of televisions,” said Connie Waller, KCNB executive director, “We did not want to ask citizens to pay to recycle, so we chose not to accept televisions during our events on the first Saturday of each month.
“That’s why we wanted to have a special event when people could bring their TVs, and since we are just collecting on one special day, we can do it free of charge for our community.”
Because of new regulations affecting TV’s, KCNB anticipates a greater need to collect televisions for recycling. In 2009, people who do not have cable or satellite service will need to purchase converter boxes or buy new TVs. For more information about digital broadcasting and your television, please logon to: www. dtvanswers.com.
Televisions larger than 27 inches, as well as console TV’s of any size, cannot be accepted at the event Saturday.
5R Processors, Ltd. processes equipment to be resold, donated or recycled. The company bases decisions on what is done with items on clients’ requests and market demand. According to information from 5R, about 70 percent of the heavy metals found in landfills comes from old electronic equipment. When electronics are dumped into landfills, the heavy metals and other hazardous substances found in electronics can contaminate groundwater and pose other environmental and public health risks.
The company regularly charges disposal fees for receiving equipment, but the Lithonia-based office is generously offering free services to Newton County citizens during the TV Recycling event Saturday.
Volunteer board members from KCNB will work at the event receiving and moving equipment. To volunteer to help or for more information about TV Recycling, please call Keep Covington/Newton Beautiful at 770-784-2015 or send e-mail to newtonclean@ co.newton.ga.us.