Greener BeeGreen ElectronicsTuscaloosa to host E-cycling event

Folks in Tuscaloosa area are hoping to go green while helping residents do a little household cleaning.

The cities of Tuscaloosa and Northport are partnering with the West Alabama Chamber of Commerce for one of their largest electronics recycling or e-cycling events in the area to date.

Go-green, reduce your carbon footprint, and now e-cycle. Sometimes the terminology can be more confusing than the process. Tuscaloosa and Northport are hoping to help out.

The West Alabama Chamber of Commerce is helping both towns go-green by recycling their electronics, or e-cycling.

Tuscaloosa’s Environmental Coordinator, Ashley Boudreaux said, “A lot of things still have a lot of good use in them. So they’ll look for other opportunities to not throw these away and recycle them by reusing them and then the things that can be recycled will be recycled.”

The two day event held in the parking lot of the University Mall accepts a wide variety of electronics including, but not limited to: televisions, computers, printers, and cell phones.

When you pull up city employees will unload the electronics from your car. You don’t even have to get out and then they sort them into similar piles.

Chamber of Commerce Chief Operating Officer, Donny Jones, said they get a lot of requests for ways to recycle electronics from local businesses. 

Jones said most can’t dispose of electronics in their normal trash dumpsters because of the chemicals that may be inside the devices.

“…Mercury and other types of hazardous waste. So it keeps it out of our local landfills, out of our water and sewer systems and it protects our environment. So it’s a great win, win for all the community,” Jones said.

This environmental friendly effort is on its way to being the biggest e-cycling event in the area.

Items that can be e-cycled include, but are not limited to: cellphones, laptop computers, desktop computers, computer monitors, mainframes, midranges, keyboards, printers, scanners, fax machines, copy machines, digital cameras, camcorders, PDAs/handheld devices, video game systems, printer cartridges, telephones, record players, 8-tracks, typewriters, stereos, radios, CD players, projectors, VCRs, VHS tapes, cassette tapes, network equipment, computer parts and cables.

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