Last week, Arkansas State University-Mountain Home (ASUMH) held a free electronic waste (e-waste) recycling round-up for the first time in the Twin Lakes area. All members of the community were invited to drop off old computers, TVs, printers and other unwanted electronic items. Over the course of the two-day event, residents, non-profits and businesses brought about 67,800 pounds (nearly 34 tons) of e-waste, which filled more than three 53-foot semi-trailers.
During this recycling (e-cycling) process, hazardous waste was safely and responsibly removed from electronic items, metals and plastics were reprocessed, and data was wiped in compliance with the U.S. Department of Defense’s standards. There are significant environmental and economic incentives for e-cycling. Did you know that one metric ton of e-waste from computers contains more gold than that recovered from 17 tons of gold ore? Or that the vast majority of dangerous toxins found in landfills – mercury, cadmium, flame retardants and lead – come from electronics?
If you missed this event, Baxter Recycling Center accepts e-waste, as well as glass, cardboard, paper products, and aluminum cans, which can be dropped off any time, free of charge. The center, located at 1306 Rossi Road in Mountain Home, also provides employment to developmentally challenged adults through Baxter Day Services. For more information on what can be recycled and how, visit ozarkmountainsolidwaste.com or call the Baxter Recycling Center at 425-0664.
Event coordinator, Amanda Herd, would like to thank all of the volunteers, the City of Mountain Home, Baxter County, Baxter Recycling, Start 2 Start Recycling, Ozark Mountain Solid Waste District, Friends of the North Fork and White Rivers, and the Mountain Home community at large for their outstanding support. For more information about this event, contact Amanda Herd at 870-508-6214.