Electronic Recycling in the Azalea City

By Ben Wolf
Friday, June 1, 2007

Valdosta Mayor John Fretti and the Valdosta City Council want electronics consumers to look at old equipment differently. They're urging residents to recycle it.

"Unfortunately they may possibly end up in our landfills, which can further contaminate all kinds of environmental issues," said Valdosta Public Works Director John Whitehead III.

That's why the Public Works Department has been working for months to set up an event for residents, so this Saturday the Wal-Mart on Norman Drive will be a drop off location for old electronics, everything from TVs to computer mice.

"So far what we've had the most calls about are the computer monitors, keyboards, and one lady actually had an eight-track she was going to bring," said Public Works Coordinator Tonja Shackelford.

In addition to this event, several electronics retail corporations offer recycling programs for things like printer cartridges. Experts say with people updating their means of technology every day, it's critical to dispose of the equipment in an eco-friendly manner.

"They have all kinds of chemicals in those tubes that can erode particularly seep into ground water," said Whitehead.

Public Works officials say computer monitors and televisions are the most harmful to the environment. The Valdosta electronic recycling event will be held Saturday from 9 to 1 in the Wal-Mart parking lot on Norman Drive.

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