City, county partner to gather unwanted electronics

Published 8:48 am Tuesday, April 30, 2013

The city of Austin and Mower County are once again hosting an electronics recycling day at the Mower County Fairgrounds this weekend.

Area residents can drop off old or broken electronics from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. this Saturday. Though people have lined up in the past to get rid of unwanted electronic equipment, the city’s Public Works Director Steven Lang said lines may not be as long as previous events.

“We do anticipate a lot of people, but I think the first time that we did it in the fall of 2011 was a record-breaker [in terms of attendance],” said Lang, noting the city and county picked up electronics recycling events after going without for several years.

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Residents can drop off monitors, terminals, CPUs, laptops, docking stations, printer/toner cartridges, fax machines, TVs, MP3 players and iPods, printers, phones, keyboards, mice, stereo equipment, gaming consoles, DVD and VHS players, microwaves and other electronic items for free. There are disposal charges for a few items, however:

—$15 for freon units and wood console TVs

—$10 for broken TVs or monitors, bare CRT tubes, and a hard drive wiping-charge.

Lang said fees are lower than normal due to an agreement between city and county officials, and the recycling company.