For Immediate Release
KDHE Office of Communications
An e-waste collection event will take place from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. on Saturday, September 13th in Hutchinson, at the corner of 1st and Washington, directly across the street from the Farmers Market in downtown Hutchinson. The first 500 participants will receive a limited edition recycled and recyclable tote shopping bag.
“Recycling electronic wastes saves valuable resources, conserves energy, reduces pollution and creates jobs,” said William Bider, Director of the Bureau of Waste Management at the Kansas Department of Health and Environment.
The event will collect electronic waste such as computers, monitors, keyboards, mice, printers, televisions, radios and the like from individuals – businesses are not eligible to drop of items at this collection event. The first e-waste processor permitted in Kansas, UNICOR Inc. of Leavenworth, will be on hand to ensure that all items will be recycled and properly processed.
Electronic equipment can also be refurbished and donated to charitable community groups and non-profit organizations, Bider stated.
E-waste is produced when the 30-40 million electronic products from Kansas homes, schools, government offices and businesses become obsolete or don’t work, and need to be discarded. E-waste includes obsolete cell phones, TVs, video game systems, PCs and other electronic devices. Americans own nearly three billion individual electronic items and studies estimate that as much as 75 percent of this obsolete electronic equipment is in storage.
For more information about e-waste recycling in Kansas, please visit www. ksewaste.org.