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Lawrence residents drop off hundreds of items at electronics recycling event at Free State High School

A Surplus Exchange company employee unloads a television during the Lawrence Electronic Recycling Event at Free State High school Saturday, May 14, 2011. The Surplus Exchange from Kansas City, MO., collected the equipment which will be kept out of landfills and either recycled in an environmentally friendly way or entered into one of their reuse programs.

A Surplus Exchange company employee unloads a television during the Lawrence Electronic Recycling Event at Free State High school Saturday, May 14, 2011. The Surplus Exchange from Kansas City, MO., collected the equipment which will be kept out of landfills and either recycled in an environmentally friendly way or entered into one of their reuse programs.

May 15, 2011

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Electronics Recycling Event

Bob Akers, deputy director at The Surplus Exchange, discusses what happens to the hundreds of TVs, computers, and microwaves that were dropped off at the Electronics Recycling event at Free State High on Saturday. The City of Lawrence sponsored the annual event designed to encourage recycling of potentially hazardous products. Enlarge video

Lawrence residents by the hundreds said goodbye to giant console televisions, microwaves and computers from a different era Saturday at Free State High School.

The electronics were put out to pasture, so to speak, at the recycling event sponsored by the city of Lawrence. Crews hurriedly stacked the oversized appliances on pallets and shrink wrapped them in bizarre-looking eight-foot shrines to a time when a team of friends was needed to move a television.

“Our goal: nothing to landfill and nothing going overseas,” explained Bob Akers from Surplus Exchange, the nonprofit that would cart the electronics across the country. Teams in Iowa, Missouri and Canada are to de-assemble the products, remove harmful materials and figure out ways to reuse what’s left, Akers said.

Even with fees ranging between $10 and $20 to recycle some items, city crews directed a constant stream of cars Saturday. With two hours left, the event had already seen 300 vehicles drive through, said Kathy Richardson, operations supervisor for the city’s Waste Reduction and Recycling Division. A final tally, measured in tons, will be presented to the City Commission later in the week.

Across town, Douglas County Bank, 300 W. Ninth St., hosted a similar event with Extreme Recycling and Jayhawk File Express as part of a “Shred Day” that also included electronics recycling. People stopped by and crews shredded — then recycled — documents with potentially sensitive information.

Pat Slabaugh, executive vice president of Douglas County Bank, said they’ve offered the popular service for eight years to help fight increasing threats of identity theft.

It was a busy day at both locations, a sign that Lawrence residents appreciate opportunities to protect the environment, Richardson said.

“We love the participation,” she said. “Every single vehicle that comes through here thanks us.”

Comments

overthemoon 3 years, 7 months ago

Dang. Missed both of them. Did I see and not read notices about this?

Have to say, the 'new' front page of the LJW website is so cluttered up with random stuff, often several days old, that its getting to the point I don't bother reading much here anymore.

doggymom 3 years, 7 months ago

I missed this too. For the same reason as overthemoon. It is too hard to find out what's going on and make plans. Can LJW please provide info on how we can still get rid of stuff? At least phone #'s and/or contact emails.

DennisAnderson 3 years, 7 months ago

We published two articles prior to Saturday and the electronic recycling events were in our calendar. Here is a link two one of those stories, which discusses options: http://sunflowerhorizons.com/groups/g...

Acey 2 years, 8 months ago

"Even with fees ranging between $10 and $20 to recycle some items, city crews directed a constant stream of cars Saturday." What?! I'm pretty sure that I would not be willing to wrestle my heavy electronics to the collection site and then PAY Surplus Exchange. Yes, I still own "bizarre-looking eight-foot shrines to a time when a team of friends was needed to move a television." "Electronic parts won’t end up in landfills, in Third World countries or at the bottom of the ocean, both companies said." Okay, what's the whole story. Still don't know who is profitting from these transactions.

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