I have two small answering machines I no longer need. Is there a place I can recycle them or throw them away?
According to city spokeswoman Megan Gilliland, the city will host an Electronic Recycling Event from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Oct. 23 at the Free State High School parking lot, 4700 Overland Dr. For a list of items accepted at this event and recycling fee information, visit www.LawrenceRecycles.org. Some businesses also accept answering machines: • The Surplus Exchange, 1403 W. 23rd St. According to sales associate Ashley Isbell, the store ships the electronics to Extreme Recycling of Topeka, where they are broken up, the plastic is melted down and sold. • Office Depot, 2525 Iowa. Department manager Scott Patterson said customers would need to purchase a small shipping box in-store for $5 to recycle an answering machine. • Best Buy, 2020 W. 31st St. The business does not charge to recycle answering machines, said David Freisberg, manager of the Geek Squad. • Both Goodwill, 2200 W. 31st St., and Salvation Army, 1601 W. 23rd St., will accept answering machines as donations if they work.