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Examples of electronic waste that will no longer be accepted by the Allen County Solid Waste Management District.

Trash trucks won’t pick up electronics anymore

Leaving an old television on the curb for the garbage truck won’t work anymore in Allen County.

Instead of being taken away, it will instead be adorned with a fluorescent green sticker noting that it’s been illegal to put electronics in the garbage since 2011.

“Electronics contain potentially harmful materials,” said Allen County Solid Waste Management District Director Tony Burrus. “This educational effort will allow us to more effectively reach and assist county residents.”

The stickers will also have information on how the item – whether it’s a computer, a cell phone, stereo or tablet – can be recycled through the district’s partnership with Republic Services and Earth First.

“All electronics recycled through our partnership are properly de-manufactured by a certified Indiana recycler,” Burrus said.

The electronics recycling drop-off is 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday and from 8 a.m. to noon Saturdays, at OmniSource, 1430 Meyer Road. There is a flat fee of $5 for up to five items. Personal computers, including monitor, mouse, and keyboard, are considered one item.

Businesses and non-profits in Allen County can participate, but must register with the district first.

For more information, see www.acwastewatcher.org or call 260-449-7878.

dstockman@jg.net

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