Program features electronics recycling

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— Dusty old computers, outdated VCRs and unwanted stereos soon can find new life.

A program Saturday will allow residents to drop off electronics for recycling. The program is sponsored by Yampa Valley Recycles, G&S Mountain Recyclers and Twin Enviro Services.

Residents can drop off any electronic item, said Gary Cruson, vice president of G&S Mountain Recyclers.

"If it plugs in or has a battery in it, we'll take it and recycle it," he said, adding that there is a small fee for disposing of some items.

People who bring computers can be assured that data stored inside will be destroyed, Cruson said.

Also, those who bring computers have the option of donating their computers to a good cause. If the computers still work, officials will refurbish them and give them to nonprofit organizations.

It is illegal for businesses to take electronics to the dump, Cruson said, but residents can. However, he said, it's better to recycle because some toxic materials will leak into the ground.

"If it goes to a landfill, lead and mercury can go right into the watershed," he said.

Therefore, it is better to recycle when possible, Cruson said.

"We encourage everybody to recycle everything," Cruson said.

Computers, for example, contain precious metals and plastics that can be recycled, said David Epstein, who works in technical sales and marketing for Twin Enviro Services.

In 2004, people dropped off 484 electronic items. In 2005, they dropped off 540.

Cruson said he would like to see another big crowd Saturday.

"We'd like to get as many people out as we can," Cruson said.

-- To reach Dana Strongin call 871-4229

or e-mail dstrongin@steamboatpilot.com.

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