On Saturday, Aug. 25, the second of the year’s two electronic recycling days will occur at the Murphy Municipal Complex, 206 North Murphy Road, from 9 a.m. to noon, according to Customer Service Manager Candy McQuiston.
“Anyone looking for a way to get rid of their unneeded or outdated electronic equipment in an environmentally-safe way and who want to make sure that their salvageable equipment is recycled domestically should place the August 25th date on their calendars,” she said.
The City of Murphy is partnering with an electronics recycler that offers to take the outdated electronics and, for a fee, recycle the equipment within the U.S. The recycling helps lengthen the life of area landfills, and keeps harmful chemicals out of local streams and rivers.
The contractor, Erecycler LLC, will have staff available to help unload vehicles and accept eligible equipment. The company pledges to completely erase any information on hard drives or storage devices before recycling them. It also follows a no-landfill policy and ensures that the equipment is recycled domestically.
Fees, payable to Erecycler, include $5 per CRT (cathode ray tube) monitor, $10 per television, and $0.15 per pound of other eligible electronic equipment. The contractor will accept cash, check, American Express, Discover, MasterCard and Visa.
The following items are acceptable for recycling and should be brought to the e-recycling event rather than placed in refuse or recycling containers: cables; computer systems; copiers; CD ROM drives; circuit boards; chips; computer books; digital video disc players; digitizer and drawing boards; disk drives; external drives; fax machines; hard drives; keyboards; laptops; line printers; mini-systems; modems; monitors; mouse components; phone systems; printers; processors; radios; remotes; scanners; software; stereo components; telephones; televisions; Telex machines; terminals; and video cassette recorders.
As a general rule, equipment should be easily handled by no more than two people.
Items that are not acceptable include furniture such as desks, chairs or computer stands, and other appliances not mentioned above.
“Recycling is an important activity that helps the environment, preserves natural resources, and can even help us become more self-sufficient. And, extending the life of our landfills pays major dividends in the long run,” added McQuiston.
More information on the electronic recycling program can be obtained by calling Customer Service at 972-468-4100 or visiting www.murphytx.org.