(From the Regional Recycling & Waste District)
Obsolete electronic equipment discarded by consumers represents 2 percent of the trash dumped every year in Americaʼs landfills. However, it also represents 70 percent of the toxic waste thrown out by individuals and businesses. Recycling of electronic equipment can help manage this risk to public health.

The Regional Recycling District in Pulaski County will hold an electronics recycling drop-off beginning Wednesday, Sept. 27, at North Little Rockʼs Verizon Arena VIP parking lot. From 8 a.m. until 3 p.m., Pulaski County residents and businesses can drop off items from computers and printers to televisions, copiers, cell phones, microwaves and coffee makers. The Recycling District will unload the items and recycle them for free. The event continues on Thursday, Sept. 28.

“We call it e-waste,” said Craig Douglass, executive director of the Regional Recycling & Waste Reduction District. “But it is actually not waste at all, because electronic equipment, small household appliances, and their parts can be recycled and re-marketed for the manufacture of new products.”

The event is called Electronics Recycling Unplugged. Promotional material states, “Unneeded, broken or obsolete. If itʼs electronic, unplug it and drop it off. Weʼll recycle it for FREE!”

The collection is for Pulaski County residents and businesses only. A driverʼs license or other form of identification showing place of residence will be checked at the gate. The event is free for individual households, businesses, non-profits, churches, governments, and schools living and doing business in Pulaski County.

“According to the EPA, e-waste is the fastest growing municipal waste stream in the country,” Douglass said. “Our Unplugged event is designed to take back this equipment and recycle it to get it out of the waste stream and out of landfills.”

The Regional Recycling District partners with eSCO, a full-service electronics recycling recovery firm. The local company ensures secure data destruction on all electronic components, such as computer and mobile-device hard drives.

For a list of acceptable items that can be dropped off and recycled, consumers and businesses are encouraged to go to the event website at www.recyclingunplugged.com. The list on the website should be checked before bringing equipment, devices and small appliances to the drop-off center.