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E-Cycle Colorado's obsolete electronics roundup on Saturday

That TV that looked so great twenty years ago is looking like an environmentally unfriendly albatross today -- it's essentially trashed, but too full of toxic materials to throw out with the trash. But on Saturday, April 5, Republic Services of Denver will provide a convenient way to recycle obsolete electronics at E-Cycle Colorado. Take those old devices to Dick's Sporting Park between 8 a.m. and 2 p.m., and for a small fee you can clear out your home with a clear conscience. "All electronics waste can be reused or broken down, and the materials recycled," says Republic Services general manager Mark Allen.

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On July 1, 2013, Colorado instituted a ban on tossing any electronic components containing chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs) that damage and pollute the ozone; anyone disposing of them inappropriately will be fined.

"With new mandates in place prohibiting electronics from being discarded in landfills, it is more important than ever before to provide a community collection event with convenient and cost-effective options to recycle unwanted electronics," allen says. "Environmental sustainability is a core business principle at Republic Services and providing this resource to the community is part of our commitment to increase recycling and protect our planet."

The items that will be accepted at Dick's on Saturday include televisions, computer monitors and hard drives, laptops, printers, scanners, faxes, keyboards and other computer accessories; stereos, external hard drives and storage devices, cell phones, telephones; DVRs, VCRs, digital cameras, video recorders, MP3 players, wires, cables and microwaves.

Air conditioners, large appliances, vacuum cleaners, car batteries or household batteries will not be taken.

Computers, laptops, tablets and cell phones are free to recycle; video display devices that include televisions and monitors are $25 each. All other electronic devices with a power cord or powered by battery cost $5 a piece.

For more information, visit the Republic Services website.

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Zoe Yabrove is a Denver native with an undergraduate degree in creative writing and a master’s in special education. She is a teacher in Denver Public Schools and contributes to Westword to get her writing fix.
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