Residents from two-dozen communities in northeast Nebraska brought in several tons of old electronics during a three-day collection event this month.
Carol Peters, with Northeast Nebraska Resource, Conservation & Development, says they hauled in more than 17,000 pounds of computers and TVs to recycle.
It was all taken to a processing and disposal center in Omaha where all of the “bad” elements, like mercury and lead, are removed from the gadgetry so the rest can be recycled. Peters says they set up the recycling event to keep the equipment and its components out of local land fills.
She says tons of stuff goes into our landfills that’s dangerous to the ground water and the land. The returns came in over three days to locations in Plainview, Verdigre, Hartington, Wynot and Hoskins. Peters says they are already planning another similar sort of event.
They hope to run a household hazardous waste collection next year for things like paints, herbicides and other “bad stuff” that shouldn’t be put in the ground. Peters says along with all the computers and TVs that were collected, they also got one manual typewriter.
Jerry Oster, WNAX, Yankton