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E-waste collection announced for Earth Day Aiken

April 20, 2018

The City of Aiken will host an electronic-waste collection during its annual Earth Day celebration, this year happening April 21.

The collection is dubbed “E-Rase E-Waste,” according to a related press release, and will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Earth Day Aiken runs concurrently.

A designated e-waste dumpster will be set up behind the AECOM Center for the Performing Arts, which can be accessed via Chesterfield Street.

John Carman, a member of the Earth Day Aiken planning panel, said people can bring all sorts of electronics to the collection: televisions, cellphones, computers, wires, speakers and more.

“I personally have two old laptops that I’m contributing…” Carman said. “You have a tendency to hang on to these things.”

DVD and VCR players; computer monitors and accessories; and printers will be accepted, as well, according to a City press release.

Carman said getting rid of one’s unwanted electronics will be simple come Saturday, “You can drop off right from the back seat of your car or your truck and be on your way.”

The collection is a collaborative effort between the City and Aiken County. The collection is free and open to the public.

E-Waste is quickly becoming one of the nation’s largest municipal waste streams. E-waste is also hazardous; electronics often contain lead and mercury, which pose serious health concerns.

Approximately 500,000 combined cellphones and computers are disposed of in landfills each day in the U.S., according to Environmental Protection Agency reports from 2014.

Carman said that’s no good. It’s also the exact reason why e-waste drives are so important, he added.

“It’s an easy way for citizens, residents to get rid of these materials that should not be in our landfills,” Carman said of the upcoming collection. “This is all a green effort.”

Want to go?

WHAT: E-waste collection

WHEN: 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday

WHERE: Dumpster behind the AECOM Center for the Performing Arts. It can be accessed from Chesterfield Street