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Fall E-rase Your E-waste event in Sidney Sept. 9-10
Sidney, Fairview 'E-rase your E-waste' event is May 13-14, 2016
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E-rase your E-waste organizers invite you to bring your damaged and outdated electronic equipment to the group's spring recycling event May 13-14 in Sidney and Fairview. Now in its 12th year, E-rase your E-waste has recycled more than 380,000 pounds (190 Tons!) of electronic waste and is hoping to add substantially to that total in 2016, organizers said.
This spring's collection will once again be held Friday and Saturday, May 13-14, in Sidney, while Fairview will hold its own mini collection event on Saturday morning, May 14, as part of that community's annual Citywide Cleanup event.
Yellowstone E-waste Solutions of Billings is again the e-cycler for the event and provides their services for FREE, with a couple of exceptions. Participants wanting their hard drives removed from their computers or needing documentation certifying that their hard drive has been destroyed will need to pay a small fee of $5 for each of those services. In addition, there is a fee for recycling CRT monitors and CRT television sets based on size: $5 each for CRT TVs and monitors 19" or smaller; and $10 each for anything larger.
Note, too, that anyone in the MonDak region, or even outside it, is welcome to bring their electronic items to the Sidney E-rase your E-waste collection site during regular event hours. You do not need to be a Sidney or a Richland County resident to participate.
What Can I Bring?
Please note, however, that NO consumer white goods, light bulbs, CFLs, mercury thermometers, alkaline batteries, or items containing refrigerants (including dehumidifiers), oils, or acids will be accepted. If you are unsure whether your item qualifies you can check out the handy "What to Bring..." handout posted on the USDA-ARS Northern Plains Agricultural Research Lab's e-waste website at www.ars.usda.gov/npa/nparl/ewaste or call Jackie Couture at 406-433-9422. In addition, a handy "Items List" recycling form is also available at the website to further speed processing time for participants bringing both large and small amounts.
Recycling Large Amounts
Where possible larger recyclers are also encouraged to palletize their own items, or send extra staff to help get it done. Details on acceptable items and how to palletize them can be found in the "What to Bring..." handout posted to the USDA-ARS Northern Plains Agricultural Research Lab's e-waste website noted above.
Fall Collection Also Planned
The "E-rase your E-waste" effort in Sidney is coordinated by members of the Richland County Local Emergency Planning Committee (LEPC), and volunteers with other community organizations including the RSVP program. The Montana Department of Environmental Quality has also committed funds for advertising the 2016 events and the Richland County Public Works Department makes their facilities freely available for the collection event in Sidney.
2016 - Spring e-waste collection event returns in May
•-• E-waste recycling event again exceeds previous years totals
•-• Dates Set for 2008 E-rase Your E-waste
•-• Alternative Collection Days for 2008
•-• Final Report of Sidney, MT 2009/2010 events (not yet available)
•-• Final Report of Sidney, MT 2008 event (PDF; 1066 KB)
•-• Final Report of Sidney, MT 2007 event (PDF; 1230 KB)
•-• Final Report of Sidney, MT 2006 event (PDF; 1297 KB)
•-• Final Report of Sidney, MT 2005 event (PDF; 1511 KB)
•-• Tips for setting up your own e-cycling event (PDF; 90 KB)
This web page provides planning and other information to anyone interested in recycling electronic waste in their local community. It describes how a small town in eastern Montana developed and hosted its own "E-rase your E-waste" event, and how you can do it, too. It even provides some ready-made promotional materials for general use, as well as samples of letters, brochures and posters from the original event to spur your own ideas (see below).
Although small in scope - Sidney, MT has a population of only about 5,000 people, with its home county just topping 10,000 - the project had a big impact after publicity surrounding it attracted the interest of state and even regional waste/recycling officials. As an example, the Sidney "E-rase your E-waste" effort prompted the Montana Department of Environmental Quality to streamline its permitting procedure for community-sponsored e-cycling events, and regional EPA officials are sharing details of the project with other communities across their region.
The June 2005 e-cycling effort in Sidney was initiated by Jackie Couture, a Health and Safety Officer at the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Agricultural Research Service laboratory (USDA-ARS) in Sidney. Couture, concerned about the hazards of dumping outdated lab and computer equipment in local landfills, approached the Local Emergency Planning Committee (LEPC) of which she is the chairman and proposed the idea to conduct a community wide "e-cycling" event in Sidney. LEPC representatives embraced the idea and a short time later local emergency and volunteer agencies (CERT and RSVP) joined in support of the effort.
The core group in place, Couture and other representatives from the USDA-ARS laboratory in Sidney identified an e-cycler for the event and developed the "E-rase your E-waste" slogan and logo to promote it. As word of the effort got out, organizers discovered they had hit a nerve. Phone calls and requests for more information from other communities and offers of assistance were received from the general public and from state and other government and private solid waste officials.
As a result of that interest, organizers decided to record the steps they took to set up the event and make that information, along with samples and templates of its promotional materials, available to anyone and everyone interested in establishing their own e-cycling project. That information - and more - is found below.
We'd also like to hear from you if you've hosted a successful e-cycling effort in your area and have tips for others. We'll share them here as well. Happy E-cycling!
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The artwork for these materials were developed by USDA-ARS in Sidney, MT, to promote its first e-cycling event in Spring 2005. To encourage others to e-cycle, they are made freely available to individuals and organizations interested in adapting them for their own events. For more information, contact Jackie Couture at email@example.com.
Tip: Share this user-friendly web address with others who may be interested in recycling e-waste: /npa/nparl/ewaste