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The closing of FarWest Fibers does not rule out electronic recycling...just makes it a bit harder

DAVID F. ASHTON - At the September 14th BDNA Electronics Recycling Day, workers lift a weighty and dead old TV into one of the recycling bins. Commercial haulers pick up garbage, recyclables, and yard debris at the curb every week; and, once a year, many neighborhoods host "bulky waste clean-ups", which accept larger discarded items.

But, disposing of a large television set, a computer, or an old tube-type monitor, sometimes seems nearly impossible. That's why volunteers from the Brentwood-Darlington Neighborhood Association (BDNA) said they decided to host their first ever "Electronics Recycling Day" on Saturday, September 14.

A steady stream of vehicles drove to the Brentwood Darlington Community Center throughout the morning. Some dropped off a single item; others took advantage of the discounted "car-load" pricing.

"I started looking into this project, and then coordinated it, because it's good both for our neighbors, and for the environment," explained the recycling day organizer, BDNA Board Member Tina Biornstad-Szafranski.

"I am a 'techno-geeky' person, and would like to see us recycle all of our gadgets and gizmos – things that would otherwise go into our landfill, which is ridiculous and wasteful," she told THE BEE.

After researching a company, Biornstad-Szafranski said she was directed to "Green Century Recycling" to help with the project. "They've been great to work with," she said.

Several BDNA volunteers were on hand to handle the paperwork and logistics, among them the neighborhood association's Chair, Chelsea Powers: "This is a great complement to our Neighborhood Clean-up, because it lets neighbors safely dispose of these items locally, and in a responsible manner."

By the end of the day, the "Green Century Recycling" truck was filled, and ready to haul away.


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