Norman, Okla. – LG Electronics and Waste Management Recycle
America, a subsidiary of Waste
Management, are hosting free eCycling events in Norman and Shawnee, Okla., on
As part of the Keep America Beautiful and Keep Oklahoma
Beautiful programs, these events offer residents an opportunity to give life to
their old residential electronic equipment in an environmentally sound manner
that is free, convenient and secure, the companies said.
During this one-day, two-city event there will be two
designated eCycling drop-off sites across the state, in Norman and Shawnee.
Residents are encouraged to drop off and recycle their electronics between 7:
30 a.m. and 1 p.m. on Saturday, July 30, at Marc Heitz Chevrolet, 1221 Ed
Noble Parkway in Norman or from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. at Direct Colors, 430 E 10th
St. in Shawnee. To make recycling of electronic products easy and
convenient at the eCycling drop-off locations, residents will not even need to
get out of their vehicles. The eCycling crew members will collect all
acceptable electronic products from trunks or pickup beds. Products not
acceptable for eCycling will be left in the vehicles, the companies said.
There are more than 5 million tons of electronics sitting in
basements, closets and drawers across the country, with 2 million new tons added
to the waste stream each year, the companies said. According to the U.S.
Environmental Protection Agency, e-waste is the fastest growing segment of the
nation’s waste stream, they added, and
by recycling old electronic products, useful materials such as glass,
plastic and metal can be re-used in the manufacture of other products.
Acceptable items to be recycled during both events are
computers/CPUs, computer monitors and peripherals, printers, fax machines,
keyboards, photocopiers, TVs, VCRs, stereos, home and office telephones,
cellphones and other assorted CE products.
Unacceptable items are microwave ovens, smoke alarms and
detectors, fire alarms and detectors, thermometers, dehumidifiers, large major
appliances, non-decontaminated medical equipment, and any unit with sludge or