April 12, 2012
It’s time to “Get Your Green On.”
Thanks to a partnership between the City of Kansas City, Mo., the City Market and the Surplus Exchange, a “Get Your Green On” recycling event will be held this Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the corner of Third and Walnut in the City Market.
Surplus Exchange will collect and properly recycle residents’ old electronics. During last year’s event, more than 9,800 pounds of electronics were recycled. Items that will be recycled for free include cell phones, CD players, computer CPUs, computer mouse devices, keyboards, hand held games and joysticks. For other items, there will be a fee. Original packaging should be left at home and only cash or checks will be accepted.
The fee schedule is:
$30: Projection televisions and CRT televisions with bulky/oversized cabinetry
$20: Console televisions
$15: CRT televisions 20 inches and larger
$25: Large printers
$10: CRT televisions 19 inches and smaller, computers, desktop printers, large fax machines, microwaves
$5: Small fax machines, personal printers, scanners, stereos, VCRs
A fee is charged to recycle these items because electronics, particularly televisions and computer monitors, contain lead and other hazardous materials. The electronics are transported to Midwest Electronics Recovery in Iowa for safe destruction and recycling. Costs cover shipping, labor, insurance and proper disposal. No materials are sent overseas. Surplus Exchange documents their recycling process and does not allow any e-waste to enter a landfill.