Allied Waste Sponsors Electronics Waste Recycling Drive at St. Louis Outlet Mall

Electronics from the last recycle day at St. Louis Outlet Mall

Allied Waste/Republic Services, in partnership with the City of Hazelwood’s Green Committee and the Hazelwood School District, is hosting an Electronics Waste Recycling Drive on Saturday, November 17, in the St. Louis Outlet Mall (formerly St. Louis Mills) parking lot in front of the Ice Zone.  Collection hours are from 8 a.m. to noon.

Certified electronic waste recycler, DCal, will be on site to collect all e-waste. There is no charge to drop-off items.

Anything with a power cord or battery will be accepted.  This includes the following: computers; monitors; printers; TVs; VCR/DVD players; stereos/boom boxes; MP3 players; cellular phones; small kitchenware like toasters, blenders, food processors and microwaves; major appliances like refrigerators, freezers, washers, dryers, and dishwashers; air conditioners; humidifiers; electric shavers; and toys.

This event coincides with Keep America Beautiful’s America Recycle Day, which is held annually on November 15 to celebrate the benefits of recycling while providing an educational platform that helps raise awareness about the value of reducing, reusing, and recycling throughout the year.  Not only is recycling important to the nation’s economy, but also to the Earth’s environmental well-being.

Although this is not a city-sponsored event, members of the Hazelwood Green Committee strongly urge residents to take advantage of this opportunity to get rid of electronic items that are sitting at home collecting dust because they don’t work anymore or they are outdated equipment.  “This is a perfect time to clean house right before the holidays so you can have more room to entertain family and friends, decorate the house and put up new electronics received as holiday gifts,” said Ron Darling, chairman of Hazelwood’s Green Committee.

Since the city approved a new contract with Allied last year and Allied distributed free 95-gallon recycling containers to all one- and two-family residences, the amount of recyclables collected each month has steadily grown and remains strong.

“Our goal is to position Hazelwood at the forefront of today’s green initiative with an effective sustainability program that includes diverting bulky recyclable items away from landfills.  In addition to saving landfill space, the processing of recyclable items creates local jobs, contributes to a growing economic industry, and valuable metals and other materials are able to be reused,” added Darling.

To strengthen its recycling education efforts, Hazelwood’s Green Committee has joined the St. Louis County Health Department in promoting a “Recycling Becomes Me” campaign, designed to show people how recycling can become part of their everyday lives.  Hazelwood received $9,838 as part of a grant through this partnership with St. Louis County.  In cooperation with the City’s management staff, the Green Committee is providing guidance on how to use these funds to produce educational materials and to conduct a recycling participation study.

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