Electronic waste recycling set Saturday at FHS

Central Missouri residents will have an opportunity to recycle electronic waste items Saturday at Fulton High School.

The Electronic Waste Recycling event will be for four hours from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the school’s parking lot at 1 Hornet Drive.

Jessica Sapp, a spokeswoman for the Mid-Missouri Solid Waste Management District, said the Fulton recycling event is available to anyone living in the Mid-Missouri counties of Callaway, Cole, Boone, Audrain, Cooper, Howard, Moniteau and Osage.

David Hopkins, a North Callaway High School technology teacher, said Technology Student Association members at North Callaway High School have been participating in electronic waste recycling since 2005.

“The recycling event is through the Missouri Computer Exchange. We are trying to get other schools interested in the program. This year the collection point for the event will be at the Fulton High School parking lot,” Hopkins said.

Hopkins said students from North Callaway and Fulton High School will be available Saturday to help unload electronic waste equipment from vehicles.

Hopkins said North Callaway students in the technology problem solving class will refurbish some of the better computers that are still usable. He said the computers will be used in the school or in the community.

Sapp said electronic waste accepted at no charge Saturday includes laptop computers, desktop personal computers, computer components, keyboards, scanners, printers, handheld electronics, cellular phones, video game players and consoles, PDAs, MP3 players, cameras, stereos, compact disk players, and telephones.

For the recycling event, some electronic waste items require a fee to dispose of them. The fee schedule for the following items requiring a fee are: computer monitors and microwaves, $5; television sets up to 25 inches, $10; television sets over 25 inches, $20; and copy machines, $25.

The electronic waste recycling event is co-sponsored the Missouri Computer Exchange, Mid-Missouri Recycling and Fulton High School.

“Incoming items are refurbished or de-manufactured. Most refurbished materials are given to non-profit groups such as the Voluntary Action Center, Lutheran Children and Family Services, and Love Inc.,” Sapp said.

Sapp said most of the electronic items are de-manufactured by high school computer science students. Computer monitors and television sets are de-manufactured at D-Cal Services in St. Louis.

All items in the electronic equipment are recycled, including screws, plastic, paper and cardboard boxes. No computer items received at the recycling event are sent to landfills.

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