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Recycle Event Gathers 45,000 Lbs. of eWaste

Recycle Event Gathers 45,000 Lbs. of eWaste

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Sunday the City of Reno Celebrated Earth Day. Part of that celebration included recycling.

This is the third year Computer Corps and Waste Management put on an 'e-waste' recycling event where old electronics were collected at Reno High School. It was part of Reno Earth Day 2014.

People who got rid of old electronics said it was a little bit of spring cleaning, and others said Sunday was the day to make room in their garage.

"It was way more than we anticipated," said Ron Norton with Computer Corps. "We were here the last two years. This is about  five times  the amount of people. In the first hour there were about a hundred cars lined up. People started lining up at 8:30 and we started at 10."

From old computer monitors, TVs, microwaves, printers, and to even an ultra sound machine, Sunday's recycling event is part of a larger effort to keep these things out of landfills. In fact, nothing collected will end up in one.

Norton says in total, had about 45,000 lbs. worth of electronics. Earlier in the day, they estimated they collected about 80,000lbs, but that total has since been reduced. However, they filled two 53-foot-long semi-trucks. The electronics are in Carson City where they'll be recycled even more.  Some parts will be melted down, while other stuff, like computers will be refurbished by Carson City kids and they'll get to keep them.             

"We never throw them away, we always save them in the garage and then bring them today, every year," said Reno resident Alyssa Peterson.

"We brought about four or five computers, 4 TVs, a couple of fax machines," said Fernley resident Jean Morrell. "Things I've been saving for years."

One man said he came to drop off his electronics, but ended up sticking around to help collect just because the demand was so large.

Written By Landon Miller 
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