For immediate release July 1, 2013
The Ellsworth American
30 Water Street
Ellsworth, ME 04605
Noontime Rotary Club of Ellsworth to Host Free Electronic Waste Recycling Event
Ellsworth, ME – The Noontime Rotary Club of Ellsworth once again is organizing a day for collection and recycling of old and broken electronics. E-waste will be accepted from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, July 20, in Home Depot’s parking lot in Ellsworth. This event is open to residents from any Maine community and items may be recycled for free with donations gratefully accepted.
The Noontime Rotary Club is partnering with eWaste Recycling Solutions, LLC (ERS) of Auburn, which will bring a team to pack and transport televisions, computers, monitors and other electronic devices. ERS has just become the first business in Maine to be R2/RIOS certified, which is the industry’s stamp of approval for responsible recycling practices. ERS will man the collection site at no cost to the Noontime Rotary Club.
Maine is one of the few states that mandates electronic waste be recycled. Proper recycling and disposal of e-waste removes tons of hazardous waste, like lead, cadmium and mercury, that otherwise is often buried or incinerated.
Rotary Club members, wearing bright orange t-shirts, will help with traffic, parking and unloading vehicles. The primary focus is on collecting electronic devices and lighting and other universal waste, including televisions (all sizes), CPUs, monitors, copiers, printers, fax machines, scanners, laptops, stereos, keyboard/mouse/peripherals, DVD players, cell phones, remote controls, VCRs, projectors, digital cameras, tape players, PDAs, speakers, telephones, two-way radios, answering machines, camcorders, CD players, DVD players, electric typewriters, game systems, pagers, microwaves and toner cartridges. (Appliances and white goods, Freon-bearing items, fluorescent bulbs and mercury-bearing items will not be accepted.)
Free recycling is available for Maine individuals. As a result of passage of L.D. 981, businesses may deliver covered items at this event. Businesses with fewer than 100 employees are exempt from fees while businesses with more than 100 employees may drop off items for a fee. Any business wishing to deliver more than seven (7) covered items, or who would like information on fee structures, must call Rick Clark at ERS at 615-3099 prior to the event.
For more information, contact Noontime Rotary Club member Jen Saunders, 266-1553 or visit the Club’s website at www.noontimerotary.org.