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Electronics recycling this weekend


Don’t take your old computer to the dump.

Haines Friends of Recycling will hold its sixth annual electronics recycling event Friday and Saturday, an effort aimed at keeping toxic components from leaching into local waterways. Hours are 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday and Saturday at the recycling station at 1.5 Mile Small Tracts Road.

The charge for taking electronic devices is 30 cents per pound, a 10-cent-per-pound reduction in fees from last year’s event.

“The recycling (of electronics) has become more sophisticated, so they’re able to pull the precious metals out better,” said HFR board chair Melissa Aronson. “Also, metals prices are up.”

In previous years, HFR wasn’t paid for recycled items. “Now we’re getting paid some,” Aronson said. The group doesn’t make money on the event and the recycling fee is used to recover costs of shipping electronic recyclables, she said.

Items accepted at the event include computers, stereos, televisions, cell phones, electronic games, marine electronics, CD players, microwaves and VCRs.

HFR collected more than 15,000 pounds of electronics last year and more than 72,000 pounds since the event started.

For more information, contact Aronson at 766-2185.