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Story last updated at 2:05 PM on Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Electronics recycling event set for Saturday

By McKibben Jackinsky
Staff writer

Time to haul off all that old electronic equipment that's just sitting around gathering dust and taking up space. From monitors to batteries, it can be sent off for safe disposal at the seventh annual electronics recycling event held at Spenard Builders Supply. The event begins at 10 a.m. and continues until 3 p.m. Saturday.

"It's a great way to ensure that the electronic items they no longer use or need are disposed of properly," said event coordinator Dorothy Melambianakis, community outreach assistant for Cook Inletkeeper. "Keeping those items out of the local landfill eliminates the chance that they will leach into our air and water. Also, we work with a great recycler, Total Reclaim, so local folks can be sure that the items they drop off are handled responsibly and according to independently verified standards set to ensure global stewardship and worker safety."

In past years, local recycling advocate Nina Faust spearheaded the event, with Cook Inletkeeper as a sponsor. This year, Cook Inletkeeper has stepped into a leadership role.

Also new this year, computer CPUs, central processing units, and laptops are being recycled for free.

"Businesses, schools, agencies and nonprofits will not be charged the per-pound fee for these items," said Melambianakis.

Items being accepted include all computers, all electronics and all batteries, including marine electronics. Not accepted are smoke detectors, vacuums, PCBs, audio or video tapes. A complete list of accepted items can be found on the web at Inletkeeper.org/blog/homer-electronics-recycling-event.

A one-vehicle household delivery of electronics is $15, which includes two computer monitors. Additional monitors are $15 each. Televisions less than 27 inches are $15 each; the fee for larger televisions will be determined at the event.

Businesses, schools and governmental agencies pay a fee of 35 cents per pound, and nonprofit organizations pay 25 cents per pound. Computer CPUs and laptops are not counted toward the per-pound fee. Advance scheduling of drop-off times is requested by calling Melambianakis at Cook Inletkeeper, 235-4068, ext. 34, or emailing dorothy@inletkeeper.org.

Payment can be made with cash, check or credit card.

Anyone wanting to help direct traffic, unload vehicles, weigh items and wrap items on pallets also should contact Melambianakis.

"Many hands make light work, and if folks were interested in volunteering, a few more would be great," she said.

In addition to Saturday's recycling event on this side of Kachemak Bay, e-waste was collected in Seldovia, Port Graham and Nanwalek earlier in the week.

As in past years, Total Reclaim Environmental Services of Anchorage, along with Spenard Builder's Supply, underwrites the event. They are joined by a long list of event sponsors that include the Alaska Marine Conservation Council, Fat Olive's Restaurant, Fresh Sourdough Express, Homer Electric Association, Kachemak Bay Conservation Society, Kar-a-van Transfer, Loopy Lupine LLC, Safeway, Save-U-More, Tech Connect, Total Ocean Trailer Express and Two Sisters Bakery.

McKibben Jackinsky can be reached at mckibben.jackinsky@homernews.com.