E-RASE YOUR E-WASTE: RECYCLE ELECTRONICS EQUIPMENT IN HELENA AT SPECIAL EVENT
CONTACT: MATT ELSAESSER, S.A.V.E. FOUNDATION, PHONE 443-6323 OR 431-0815
Every year, millions of computers, printers, cell phones, fax
machines, VCRs, DVD players, televisions and other electronics
equipment are thrown away at local landfills or shipped to developing
countries, where copper, lead, and other metals are recovered in a way
that pollutes the environment.
But, on Friday, Sept. 15, and Saturday, Sept. 16, from 9 a.m. to 7:00
p.m., Helena area residents and businesses will have a chance to
recycle their old electronics at Staples, 2930 Prospect Ave.
Called E-Rase Your E-Waste, this electronics equipment recycling event
is the first-ever in Helena, and is sponsored by Staples in
conjunction with the Montana Department of Environmental Quality, the
S.A.V.E. Foundation, the Lewis & Clark City-County Health Department,
the Water Quality Protection District, the Lewis & Clark County
Public Works Department, and the City of Helena.
Full computer systems (CPU, monitor, keyboard, and mouse), laptops,
desktop fax machines, scanners, printers, VCRs, DVD players and
televisions will be accepted at this event. Each item can be recycled
for a $10 donation, which Staples will donate to the Helena School
District, said Matt Elsaesser of the S.A.V.E. Foundation. In addition,
participants will receive a Staples coupon good for $10 off their next
purchase of $40 or more in store for supporting the proper disposal of
A full computer system will be considered one item. Smaller items,
such as cell phones, PDAs and the chargers and batteries that power
them can be recycled at no cost everyday at any Staples store
nationwide. Staples also offers customers a $3 off coupon towards a
future purchase for each used ink or toner cartridge they return to a
Businesses that have more than 10 items to recycle should call the
S.A.V.E. Foundation at 443-6323 to arrange for collection before the
event, Elsaesser said. "We've been asked about electronics recycling
by many businesses and individuals, it is very exciting to see this
opportunity come to Helena."
According to the International Association of Electronics Recyclers,
one billion computers will be scrapped worldwide by 2010, at a rate of
100 million units per year. The Consumer Electronics Association
predicts that cell phone sales will reach 90 million units in 2005,
and cell phones are normally replaced every one to two years.
Broadcasters nationwide will be encouraging consumers to upgrade to
digital televisions before 2009, when over-the-air analog broadcasting
is supposed to end.
Many of these electronics equipment contain hazardous metals such as
lead, mercury, cadmium, nickel, zinc, and chromium. When electronics
are not disposed of or recycled properly, they can cause pollution.
"Safely recycling outdated electronics can promote the safe management
of hazardous components and supports the recovery and reuse of
valuable materials," Elsaesser said.
For more information about the E-Rase Your E-Waste event, call the
S.A.V.E. Foundation at 443-6323 or check online at savemobile.org/ecycling/
For more information about Staples' electronic recycling programs,
please visit http://www.staples.com/sbd/content/about/soul/environment.html