KCNB plans lo­cal television re­cy­cling event

The Covington News - - Local News -

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.

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