The public is invited to participate in a free electronics recycling event at the eastgate Jungle Jims, sponsored by Global Environmental Services, on Saturday, June 1, 2013 from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm. According to the Consumer Electronics Association, the average American owns 24 different electronic items per household. These items are updated so frequently, consumers are often left wondering how to dispose of their outdated electronics. Simply tossing electronics in the trash can result in the buildup of toxic metals in local landfills. E-waste can contain harmful substances such as lead, cadmium, mercury, polychlorinated biphenyls, and brominated flame retardants. Although modern landfills have an extensive liner system to prevent materials from leaching out, these substances could pose a public health threat if they did leach out of a landfill. Additionally, the copper, steal, and plastic found in E-waste are valuable commodities which can be recycled into new products, thereby decreasing the consumption of natural resources.
Global Environmental Services accepts computers, monitors, printers, ink/toner cartridges, battery backups, home entertainment, gaming systems, cell phones, fax/copy machines, televisions, wires/cables, mice, and keyboards. For the recycling event, enter Jungle Jims from the west entrance off of Eastgate Boulevard to Eastgate Square Dr. Each car that participates will receive a $2 Jungle Jim's gift certificate. Call 502-570-8545, or visit www.gesrecycles.com, for more information about recycling.