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Time to recycle those old electronics

Tucson Clean & Beautiful will hold collection event March 31

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Before you pitch your crummy toaster or outdated boob tube into the dumpster, consider taking them to Tucson Clean & Beautiful's electronic recycling collection event on March 31.

Tucson Clean & Beautiful will collect working and broken televisions, printers, monitors, computers, cellphones, printer cartridges and other small electronics and the first 100 households will receive a $5 gift card for Bookmans.

“We want to make sure people understand the importance of recycling the right way," said Rebecca Quintero, recycling education coordinator for Tucson Clean & Beautiful.

Electronics fill needed landfill space and can release toxic substances like mercury into the environment, Quintero said.

In October 2011, Tucson Clean & Beautiful collected more than 10,000 pounds of electronics. The group holds the collection events four times a year, the nonprofit said.

The fee to recycle televisions is $10 and computer monitors are $5. Monitor fees will be waived if they are brought in with computer towers and other small electronics.

Sony is providing coupons in exchange for recycling the brand's televisions to offset the fee, said Douglas Smith of Sony in a press release.

Only residential recyclables will be accepted and large appliances, like stoves or refrigerators, won't be collected.

American Retroworks, Bookmans, Cartridge World Tucson, Emerge! Center Against Domestic Abuse, The Fairfax Companies, and Sony partner with Tucson Clean & Beautiful for the recycling event.

If you go

  • What: Tucson Clean & Beautiful electronics recycling collection
  • When: 8 a.m. - 1 p.m., Saturday, March 31
  • Where: Fairfax Ina Road Reclamation Facility, 5300 W. Ina Rd., west of Interstate 10
  • For more information, visit Tucson Clean & Beautiful's website

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