October 16, 2004
Scottsdale’s solid-waste management director admits he underestimated residents’ recycling fervor.
Two years ago, after increasing calls from people wanting to know how to responsibly dispose of computers and other home electronics equipment, Rick Pence opened one of his department’s household hazardous-waste collection days at a municipal services facility to electronics.
So, along with those who brought their cans of old paint, motor oil, cleaning solvents, containers of pool chemicals and car batteries, came others with their worn or broken telephones, VCRs, video cameras, stereo equipment, printers, scanners, computer monitors and hard drives, circuit boards and related items.
The result: A big pile-up at the service facility.
Electronics recycling now has its own collection days.
Seven electronic recycling days since 2002 have brought in more than 55 tons of equipment from Scottsdale residents that is getting put back into productive use instead of being heaped onto junk piles.
"It means a lot less stuff going to our landfills. And some electronics have hazardous materials in them, so this keeps more of that stuff from getting out into the environment,’’ Pence said.
Items will go to the ScrapComputer.Com warehouse in Phoenix. The salvage operation, which pays the city 5 cents a pound for material, "demanufactures’’ electronic equipment, said company director Graham Wollaston.
Plastics, glass, stainless steel, aluminum, nickel, copper, silver, lead and platinum in the equipment can be reused for components in a variety of new products.
The next recycling date at the same hours and location is Dec. 4.
High-tech recycling What: Electronics recycling collection
When: 7:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. today
Where: City services facility, 9191 E. San Salvador Drive; follow signs from 91st Street and Via Linda
Info: (480) 312-5602 or