County to host e-scrap recycling day

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Annual electronic disposal returns later this month

By Marty Finley

Hardin County government’s annual clearing of electronic scrap unfit for the Pearl Hollow Landfill is set for late April.

The county is holding its annual electronic scrap recycling event from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. April 27 at the AGC Automotive Americas plant on Auto Glass Drive off Leitchfield Road in Elizabethtown.

The event, in its fourth year, is sponsored in conjunction with AGC, Akebono, Altec, Dow Corning and the League of Women Voters, according to Hardin County Government. Bob Hall, the county’s solid waste coordinator, said costs to host the one-day event are split equally between sponsors. The debris collected is recycled by 2trg, a certified electronic and computer recycling firm.

Hall said the e-scrap event is ideal for those homeowners who have bulky cabinet-style televisions or other outdated or unused electronics taking up space around their homes and want to free space.

Items accepted for disposal include cameras, cell phones, computers, copiers, keyboards, modems, scanners, telephones, VCR and CD players and video game equipment.

Hardin County Government started the program to keep electronics out of the landfill because they contain hazardous elements, such as cadmium, lead and mercury, Hall said. A one-day event was agreed upon as the most accessible means to dispose of the items.

Hall said organizers have accepted items in the past that are not eligible for electronic recycling.

“We try not to turn anyone away even if we have to take it to the landfill,” he said.

In the case of computers, Hall said organizers make a point of destroying hard drives on site if they have not already been removed by the property owners unless a surge in collections prohibits them from doing so.

The event is only open to individual Hardin County residents. Businesses, he said, will be turned away.

“Businesses would overwhelm us with e-scrap,” he said.

The e-scrap event typically attracts large crowds, Hall said. The county collected roughly 42,000 pounds of electronic waste last year, he said.

Marty Finley can be reached at (270) 505-1762 or mfinley@thenewsenterprise.com.

Accepted items:

  • Computers
  • Cameras
  • Printers
  • Scanners and copiers
  • Fax machines
  • Monitors
  • Servers
  • Cell phones
  • Shredders
  • Televisions
  • VCR and CD players
  • Speakers
  • TV cable boxes
  • Telephones
  • Power supplies
  • Video game equipment
  • Projectors
  • Circuit boards
  • Satellites
  • Keyboards
  • Media (tapes, disks)
  • Hard drives
  • Routers/hubs
  • Modems

Source: Hardin County Government