HANCOCK - Rather than collect dust in the attic, obsolete electronics can be recycled Saturday at the Western Upper Peninsula Health Department in Hancock.
The Retired & Senior Volunteer Program is hosting the electronics recycling collection from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, said Barb Maronen, director of RSVP.
Electronics, including laptops, monitors, televisions, central processing units, keyboards and mice, printers, scanners, fax and copy machines, satellite receivers, gaming consoles, VCR and DVD players, stereo equipment, phones, wires and cables, cellphones, microwaves ovens and batteries, including rechargeable, alkaline, button cell, lead acid and other household batteries, will be accepted.
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The Retired & Senior Volunteer Program will host electronics recycling Saturday at the Western Upper Peninsula Health Department in Hancock.
"It's a good opportunity to provide local residents with an outlet to do something environmentally responsible," Maronen said.
5R Processors of Lady smith, Wis., comes to the U.P. year to year to assist in the collection and then hauls the electronics away.
"They handle all the dismantling and they break everything down," she said.
One hundred percent of the material is recycled. Last year was the biggest collection so far by RSVP, which began this service in 2005, as 330 people came through in three hours and 25 tons of material was hauled away, she said.
About 20 RSVP volunteers help out during the three-hour event. The entrance can be accessed on Water Street to avoid traffic congestion and businesses are asked to contact RSVP at 482-7382 for fees and to schedule a drop time.
Most drop-offs are free, however, there is a $1.50 fee per pound of alkaline, button cell, lead acid and other household batteries.
Maronen said thousands of local households have taken advantage of the electronic recycling program, which started with a grant from the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality. When RSVP could not afford to run the program a few years ago, local counties stepped up to help.
The event is sponsored with financial support from Houghton and Keweenaw counties.