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Marblehead health department to sponsor electronics recycling event Sunday

Posted by Terri Ogan  January 4, 2013 03:34 PM

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Town officials in Marblehead are encouraging locals to kick off 2013 on an environmentally friendly note by recycling unwanted electronic items at a collection event Sunday.

Sponsored by by the Marblehead Health Department, the event is being held at 5 Tower Way from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.

Residents can bring anything with a battery and plug, including TVs, computers, monitors, telephones, laptops, keyboards, drives, cables, cords, speakers and disks, which will be disposed in a way that won’t harm the environment.

“We’re identifying pathways to safely recycling electronics,” said Christopher Swain, environmental educator and founder of Ethical Electronics Recycling, a local company running the event. “This is a boutique-y service for people who are concerned with getting the best outcome of the environment.”

Each item costs one dollar per pound to recycle, Swain said, and won’t end up in landfills, incinerated as solid waste or dumped into developing countries. The electronics are taken to a company in Worcester that does the best possible job of recycling so that no people, animals, land or water gets harmed, he said.

Although people and their wallets are wiped out from the holidays, Swain, along with town officials are hoping for a decent turnout. At a recycling event last February, the town was able to garner nearly 9,000 pounds of unwanted electronics.

“It is right after the holiday and obviously people have unused and unwanted things,” said Executive Director of the Marblehead Chamber of Commerce Ann Marie Casey. “I don’t know how economically things will be for people after the holiday, but I’m hoping that it’s very successful.”

“Town events don’t typically have a big turnout and it’s supposed to snow,” Swain said. “But the important thing is that we’re out there and people do have a choice and if they want to get rid of their things, there’s a way they can do it and feel good about it.”

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