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E-rase your E-waste collections for 2016 have concluded. Details for our 2017 e-waste events will be announced here when they are finalized.

Tip: Share this user-friendly web address with others who may be interested in recycling e-waste: www.ars.usda.gov/pa/nparl/ewaste 


Fall Event Brings in another 22,000+ pounds of e-waste

The E-rase your E-waste committee would like to thank everyone who participated in our 2016 E-rase your E-waste events in Sidney and Fairview, MT this past spring and fall. The official results are now in for our fall event held Sept. 9-10 in Sidney where MonDak businesses and residents recycled another 22,471 pounds of electronic waste.

That brings the total for both our 2016 spring and fall events to 45,754 pounds - the 7th time in 12 years we’ve collected more than 44,000 pounds of e-waste in a single year! It also brings our grand total to more than 427,000 pounds of e-waste recycled since this program’s inception 12 years ago. That’s 213 TONS of e-waste that DIDN’T go into our local landfill!

Our thanks to everyone who makes this event possible every year: our participants, our volunteers, our local media, both print and broadcast, our sponsors and our e-cycler, Yellowstone Solutions Inc. of Billings, whose participation enables us to support a Montana business and still provide free e-cycling for our community.

The organizing committee also wants to extend a hearty thank you to the Richland County Solid Waste and Disaster and Emergency Services departments for providing the space along with logistical and financial support for our 2016 events, and the Montana Department of Environmental Quality for providing promotional support. It’s a group effort every year, and we really appreciate everyone’s commitment to keeping our community healthy and safe through this project.

Thanks, again, to everyone for making 2016 another successful year for e-cycling in the MonDak! Now on to our next milestone – reaching half a million pounds of e-waste recycled by our community by 2018.

See you next year!

Fall E-rase Your E-waste event in Sidney Sept. 9-10
After collecting more than 10 Tons of e-waste this past spring, local E-rase your E-waste organizers are ready to do it all over again at their annual fall collection event to be held in Sidney Sept. 9-10.
“We’re excited this year because we hit another milestone with our spring collection,” E-rase your E-waste Committee Chair Jackie Couture said. “Our May collection in Sidney and Fairview brought in more than 23,000 pounds of e-waste, enough to put us over the 400,000-pound mark for all the e-waste recycled here since this event first began in 2005! Thanks to everyone who participated and all who continue to e-rase their e-waste at these events.”
Couture said the upcoming fall event set for Friday and Saturday, Sept. 9-10, will once again be held at the Richland County Shop at 2140 W. Holly in Sidney, next to the Fairgrounds.  Event times are Friday 3-7 pm and Saturday 9 am-3 pm. Please note, the county shop is available for drop offs during event times ONLY, when employees with Yellowstone E-waste Solutions of Billings, our e-cycler, and local volunteers will be available to help with loading and unloading.
She also noted that while most items are recycled for FREE, there is a small charge for CRT monitors and CRT televisions sets. The cost will be $5 or $10 each depending on size. Participants needing a hard drive removed, or who need official documentation that their hard drive has been destroyed, are also subject to a $5 fee for those services.

Who Can Participate?
Anyone in the MonDak region, or even outside it, is welcome to bring their electronic items to this event,   Couture said, “You do not need to be a Richland County resident to participate.”

What Can I Bring?
Nearly all electronic devices are accepted, according to Couture, including computers and their components (printers, scanners, keyboards, etc.), cell phones, cameras, TVs, VCRs, cable TV boxes, fax machines, copiers, stereos, game boys and even specialized electronic equipment used in businesses such as hospitals, law enforcement and manufacturing and even the oil fields.
However, NO consumer white goods, vacuums, light bulbs, CFLs, mercury thermometers, alkaline batteries (rechargeable are okay), 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 “What to Bring...” handout posted on the USDA-ARS Northern Plains Agricultural Research Lab’s e-waste website at www.ars.usda.gov/pa/nparl/ewaste.  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.

Appointments Recommended for Large recyclers
Area businesses, agencies and organizations with large amounts to e-cycle are again asked to make an appointment to drop off their items by calling Couture at 406-433-9422. Please leave a message.
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 at the website listed above.
The “E-rase your E-waste” effort in Sidney is coordinated by the Richland County Local Emergency Planning Committee, Richland County DES and the Sidney Agricultural Research Service lab as a way for everyone to dispose of their old, obsolete electronic products in an environmentally friendly manner. The Montana Department of Environmental Quality provides promotional funds and the Richland County Public Works Department makes their facilities freely available.
The event originated in 2005 as a means for area residents to recycle their outdated/obsolete electronics, which often contain harmful materials, including heavy metals, that can endanger the environment and human health when improperly disposed of or just thrown away. Since 2005, the program has kept more than 200 TONS of obsolete electronics out of local landfills, organizers said, not only preventing potential threats to the environment but also extending the life of the landfill.
 


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.

Sidney Collection
The Sidney E-rase your E-waste collection will be held as usual at the Richland County Shop at 2140 W. Holly in Sidney, next to the Fairgrounds. Signs will be posted. Times for the Sidney event are Friday 3-7 pm and Saturday 9-3 pm. Please note, the county shop is available for drop offs during event times ONLY, when Yellowstone E-waste Solutions employees and local volunteers will be available to help with loading and unloading.

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.

Fairview Collection
In Fairview, items will be accepted at the Fairview Fire Hall from 8 a.m. to noon on Saturday, May 14, Fairview chamber organizers said. Note, that NO items, either regular trash or e-waste, will be accepted after the 12 pm deadline in Fairview; however, Fairview senior citizens and others needing help transporting their e-waste to the Fairview event can call City Hall (through Friday May 13) at 742-5616 to arrange assistance. On Saturday, those needing help in Fairview can call 489-2624.

What Can I Bring?
Nearly all electronic devices are accepted, including computers and their components (printers, scanners, keyboards, etc.), cell phones, cameras, TVs, VCRs, cable TV boxes, fax machines, copiers, stereos, game boys and specialized electronic equipment used in businesses such as hospitals, law enforcement, manufacturing and even the oil field.

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/pa/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
Local businesses, agencies and organizations with large amounts to e-cycle are asked to make an appointment to drop off their items by calling Jackie Couture at 406-433-9422. Please leave a message.

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
For those unable to participate in this weekend's events, E-rase your E-waste is also hosting a second collection this fall (in Sidney only) the weekend of Sept. 9-10. Please consider joining us then. 

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
 

Organizers for the annual "E-rase your E-waste" collections are happy to announce the return of their spring e-waste collection event this year. 

Jackie Couture, chair of the E-rase your E-waste Committee, reported this week that the group is planning a spring collection on Friday and Saturday, May 13 and 14th in both Sidney (Fri and Sat) and Fairview (Sat morning only) and a fall collection on Friday and Saturday, Sept. 9-10 in Sidney.

"We're pleased to be able to offer another springtime collection and to once again be working with the Fairview community to offer the service to city residents there as part of their annual spring cleanup," Couture said in making the announcement.
The spring event had to be cancelled last year because of a backlog in CRT monitors and television sets in recycling warehouses across the country. That backlog was cleared in time to host the fall event last year, Couture said, and has not returned, allowing for the return of the group's regular May collection event in 2016.

Under the E-rase your E-waste program, area residents can recycle their damaged or outdated electronic equipment for free, although there is a small charge for televisions, and for those needing recycling certificates or hard drives destroyed. The program was instituted in Sidney in 2005, only the second of its kind in Montana and the first in a rural area.    


 

E-waste: Frequently Asked Questions

 

What is e-waste?

 

E-waste is a popular, informal name for electronic products nearing the end of their "useful life."  Computers, televisions, VCRs, stereos, copiers, mobile phones and fax machines are common electronic products and make up one of the fastest growing segments of our nation's waste stream.  The National Safety Council projects that nearly 250 million computers will become obsolete in the next five years and mobile phones are being discarded at a rate of 130 million per year. 

 

 

What hazards are found in e-waste?

 

Computer monitors and older TV picture tubes contain an average of four pounds of lead and require special handling at the end of their lives.  In addition to lead, electronics can contain chromium, cadmium, mercury, beryllium, nickel, zinc, and brominated flame retardants, presenting problems if not disposed of properly.  Extending the life of your electronics or donating your most up-to-date and working electronics can save you money and save valuable resources.  Safely recycling outdated electronics can promote the safe management of hazardous components and supports the recovery and reuse of valuable materials.

 

 

Benefits of e-cycling for humans and the environment

 

Using proper disposal methods helps to keep harmful metals such as the lead found in computer montiors out of landfills, which is also resulting in the protection of nearby ground water supplies from potential metal contamination from landfill leachate.  Electronic products that can be reused, result in less energy being required to produce new ones and this saves energy and reduces pollution.  Sometimes recycling computers can create a supply of parts and materials that can be used on the manufacture of new products or to refurbish older ones.
 

 

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Additional Information:

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Past Years Events:

orange dot 2015 E-rase Your E-waste Event

orange dot 2014 E-rase Your E-waste Event

orange dot 2013 E-rase Your E-waste Event

orange dot 2012 E-rase Your E-waste Event

orange dot 2011 E-rase Your E-waste Event

orange dot 2010 E-rase Your E-waste Event

orange dot 2009 E-rase Your E-waste Event

orange dot 2008 E-rase your E-waste Event! 

        •-• E-waste recycling event again exceeds previous years totals

        •-• Dates Set for 2008 E-rase Your E-waste

        •-• Alternative Collection Days for 2008

orange dot 2007 E-rase your E-waste Event! 

orange dot 2006 E-rase your E-waste Event! 

 
Reports:

orange dot Results from previous community-wide e-cycling events

        •-• 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)

 

orange dot  Organize your own "e-rase your e-waste" event! 
        •-• Helpful templates, info to download 

        •-• Tips for setting up your own e-cycling event (PDF; 90 KB)

 

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Organize your own community-wide e-cycling event!

 

Organize your own event! 

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!

  

E-mail us your Feedback:webmaster@sidney.ars.usda.gov

 

Or send information to:

USDA-ARS-NPARL

P.O. Box 463

Sidney, MT  59270

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Templates to Download

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 jackie.couture@ars.usda.gov.

 

Tips for setting up your own e-cycling event (PDF; 90 KB)

 

Sample materials from the Sidney, MT event:

     Brochure 2011 - 14.0" x 8.5"    (PDF; 340 KB)

     Brochure 2010 - 14.0" x 8.5"    (PDF; 266 KB)
     Handout 2010 -  8.5" x 11.0"    (PDF; 266 KB)

     Collection Sheet 2010 - 8.5" x 11.0"    (PDF; 50 KB)

     Brochure 2009 - 14.0" x 8.5"    (PDF; 387 KB)

     Brochure 2008 - 14.25" x 8.75" (PDF; 372 KB)

     Brochure 2007 - 11x8? tri-fold (PDF; 271 KB)

     Brochure 2006 (PDF; 316 KB)

 

     Buttons - 2? in.  (PDF; 346 KB)

     2011 Poster - 11x17 portrait  (PDF; 177 KB)

     2010 Poster - 11x17 portrait  (PDF; 114 KB)

     2009 Poster - 11x17 portrait  (PDF; 177 KB)

     2007 Poster - 11x17 portrait  (PDF; 315 KB)

     2006 Poster - 11x17 portrait  (PDF; 207 KB)

     2005 Poster - 11x17 landscape  (PDF; 224 KB)

     2005 Poster - 11x17 portrait  (PDF; 126 KB)

 

     Letter to Businesses (PDF; 17 KB)

     3-panel table-top display - 45x20  (PDF; 298 KB)

     Reminder postcard (PDF; 582 KB)

     Press releases (PDF; 499 KB)

 

     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)

 

Poster Example

"E-rase your E-waste" logos:

     Grayscale (JPG; 259 KB)

     Color (JPG; 355 KB)

     Color (WMF; 503 KB)

     Color Variation (WMF; 503 KB)

 

Templates:

     Brochure (DOT; 643 KB)

     Poster - 8? x 11 (DOT; 229 KB)

     Poster - 11 x 17 (DOT; 328 KB)

     Certificate - 8? x 11 (DOC; 480 KB)

     Buttons (2? IN.) 8? x 11 (PDF; 345 KB)

 

Blank Brochure

 

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"E-rase Your E-waste" wins 2009 White House "Closing the Circle" award

Richland County's grass-roots "E-rase your E-waste" community electronics recycling program has earned an honorable mention in the 2009 White House Closing the Circle Awards program for electronic stewardship. The national CTC awards were announced this past month at an official ceremony at the National Institute of Health in Bethesda, MD.

"We're very pleased and excited about this award," Jackie Couture, co-chair of the local "E-rase your E-waste" committee and Safety Officer with the USDA-ARS Northern Plains Agricultural Research Laboratory in Sidney, said. "In particular we're pleased that this award specifically recognizes the contributions of all our community partners rather than just one agency or individual." While the award nomination had to come from a federal facility - in this case, the Sidney Agricultural Research Service lab - the award itself puts a special emphasis on federal entities partnering with community groups and individuals, hence the "closing the circle" name, Couture explained.

Participants in the local "E-rase your E-waste" committee, originally formed in 2005 from interested members of the county's Local Emergency Planning Committee (LEPC), include Couture and Co-chair Cindy Eleson (Richland Opportunities Inc.); Butch Renders (Richland County Disaster and Emergency Services); Brian Fay (Sidney Health Center); Kim Youngquist (Richland County Health Department); Rita Jacobson (Retired and Senior Volunteer Program); Zach Yockim (Richland County IT Department); Diane Kalvoda (Lower Yellowstone REA); Julie Brodhead (Richland County Health Department); Russ Houtari (Richland County Public Works); Kelly Logan (County Sanitarian) and Beth Redlin (Sidney ARS). In addition, Midrivers Communication; Sidney city and Richland County officials, and the county's Solid Waste Committee have also worked with the program to help advertise and offset costs for participants, as well as providing additional drop off times and places.

"It's definitely a group effort," Renders noted. "And the local participation has been terrific. I'm amazed at how our community has supported this program by doubling the amount kept out of the landfill every year!"

The national Closing the Circle (CTC) awards are presented annually by the White House Office of the Federal Environmental Executive to recognize outstanding achievements of Federal facilities and their community partners in promoting environmental stewardship. According to a press release announcing the 2009 award winners, nationwide, there were 200+ nominations received in seven different categories (mostly from larger and/or regional Federal offices), with only 15 CTC winners and 13 honorable mentions awarded. Each category included a possible civilian and military award, and there was no obligation to give an award if there were no worthy candidates.

"Looking at the size of some of the entities winning CTC awards, I'm amazed and thrilled that they chose to recognize our efforts at that level," Couture said.

According to committee members, the unique rural e-waste collection program began here in 2005, when the E-rase your E-waste team initiated only the second ever electronics recycling event held in the state of Montana, and the first in a remote rural area. Since then the program has recycled more than 41 tons of e-waste in annual collection events, 23 tons of it collected just this past year (despite local residents having to pay for the privilege). The inaugural event was a collaborative effort by ARS representatives and community members (drawn from the county's Local Emergency Preparedness Committee) that continues today. Through its efforts, this federal-local partnership has created a model program for electronics recycling in rural areas, which it readily shares with other communities throughout the country via a website it established that includes free templates of the program logo, posters, brochures, tip sheets and more for others to use in their setting up their own collection events. Communities and schools in 7 states, not all of them rural, are known to have taken up the challenge, adapting materials from the website to set up events in their areas. The program's colorful logo was also adopted by the Montana Department of Environmental Quality for its pilot community e-waste collection efforts in Montana in 2006. E-rase your E-waste team members have also been invited to speak about the program at a number of local, state and regional recycling and solid waste association meetings.

 

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