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Scrap computer monitors and other computer-related items are packed into boxes at Farragut High School, one of two collection sites for the annual Optimist Club of West Knoxville “Plug into your Community” electronic waste recycling event Saturday, Jan. 9. From left, Steve Barnet with Southeast Recycling Technologies Inc., Matt Butzlaff with City of Knoxville and Travis Williams with Ijams Nature Center all work together packing used electronic equipment for transport.

The Optimist Club of West Knoxville partnered with Knox County, City of Knoxville and Knoxville Volunteer Rescue Squad for the first of two “Plug Into Your Community” events this year. These free electronic waste collections events give residents a chance to properly dispose of electronic items that contain hazardous materials and keep computer equipment from taking up valuable landfill space. The events feature drive-through service to make recycling old computers, printers and other electronic-waste as easy as possible. As with the first event, the second recycling event will take place rain, snow or shine. Acceptable items include computer equipment such as PC systems, CPUs, monitors, mice, keyboards, printers, scanners, laptops, modems, hard drives, speakers, power cords, cables, phones, power strips, desktop copiers, fax machines and cell phones. The recycling event is for any form of electronics. There is no charge to drop off your electronic waste, but donations are accepted and benefit the Optimist Club of West Knoxville and Volunteer Rescue Squad. The Optimist Club of West Knoxville will hold another “Plug Into Your Community” event from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Saturday, Jan. 23, at Chilhowee Park. For more information, visit www.plugintoyourcommunity.info

 

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