MT Weekend Challenge: Erase Your E-Waste
Billings, MT – Old keyboards, monitors, computers, VCRs and video cameras can be cleared out of storage this weekend. It’s a challenge to "erase your E-waste," connected to the Western Sustainable Living Expo in Billings.
Sandra Boggs, recycling and marketing development specialist for the Department of Environmental Quality, is encouraging people to stop by the recycling center on their way to the expo.
"We’ll unload. People don’t even have to get out of their cars; we’ll take care of that for them. There are recycling fees, but they’re less than what they would be any other time of the year."
Most Montanans know that electronics should not be dumped at a landfill, says Boggs, because of toxic components like mercury and lead, but there’s another reason she commonly encounters.
"They realize that there’s a value because most of us have paid really good money for this stuff. It doesn’t seem right to throw it away. Here’s a great way to keep that stuff out of the landfill."
The drop-off site is Tatooine Electronic Systems at 21 N. 15th St. Recycling fees are greatly reduced for the promotion; for example, $.50 for a laptop, $1 for a CD player and $2 for a computer monitor. Electronics are dismantled and parts sorted to be sent to facilities around the West to isolate hazardous materials and refine components into usable materials.
More information is available at www.tatooinebillings.com/facts.html. More information on the Expo is at www.northrock.org/whatwedo/expo/expo.shtml.