CLINTON TOWNSHIP – During the recent stay-at-home order, many of us have noticed our indoor surroundings have become cluttered with items we no longer use. Old computers, televisions, and other electronic devices take up valuable space and collect dust, and can be a problem to dispose of properly.
Clinton Township is offering a solution. On Saturday, August 8, from 9 a.m. to noon, in the Clinton Township Civic Center parking lot, residents have an opportunity to get rid of their unwanted electronic junk.
“It’s a free event, in step with social distancing guidelines, for our residents to properly and safely dispose of their old electronic products,” said Township Supervisor Bob Cannon. “We offer curbside service, which means you stay in your car, but you’ll need to roll down your window to show identification proving you are a Clinton Township resident,” he said.
According to the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ), one of the best reasons to hold an electronic waste collection event is to protect the environment. Some electronic devices can contain toxins like lead, cadmium, and mercury – all considered hazardous if not disposed of properly. For Township residents who are concerned, these devices will end up in a local landfill, bringing unwanted electronic devices to a recycling event is the answer.
Acceptable electronic wastes include almost anything with a power cord that isn’t on the DEQ’s unacceptable list. This includes computers and accessories, printers, cell phones, home phones, radios, stereo systems, CD players, TV’s, DVD and Blu-Ray players, fax machines, photocopiers, typewriters, and word processors, game consoles and accessories.
Unacceptable items include latex and oil-based paint, explosives, flares, fireworks, weapons and ammunition, radioactive waste, industrial and commercial waste, compressed gas cylinders, trash, tires, yard waste, appliances, and white goods, Freon-containing items, medications, and syringes.
The DEQ recommends that you completely delete the data on your old computer and other electronic devices before recycling. For tips on deletion, contact a local computer repair center.