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Annual electronics recycling happening in Vail on Friday

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VAIL — Now's the time to rid your home of those unwanted computers and other electronics. The town of Vail is hosting its annual electronics recycling event in Vail on Friday. Paper shredding is also available for residents who wish to shred their confidential documents in an environmentally-friendly manner. In addition, this year the town is responding to community interest in recycling outdoor equipment and will be accepting bicycle tires and tubes, backpacks, tents and climbing rope.

"Get the Lead and Gear Out" will be hosted in Vail from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday at the Town of Vail Community Recycling Drop Off Center located behind the Community Development Department, 75 S. Frontage Road. Paper shredding and bicycle tire and tube collection will take place at the same location also from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

The electronics recycling is provided by Electronic Recyclers International of Denver. ERI disassembles the electronics into its core components with a goal of 100 percent recycling. ERI ensures data security by physically destroying the hard drive and will provide a certificate guaranteeing the destruction of the disk. This service is $5 per computer or small printer; $10 for monitors up to 17 inches and larger printers; very large items may cost more; there is no charge to recycle keyboards and other accessories with a computer. All electronic items — anything with a plug — will be accepted, including cell phones. To learn more about the process and ERI visit http://www.electronic recyclers.com.

The paper shredding is provided by Paper Wise of Glenwood Springs at $5 per box. The paper will be shredded on-site and will then be transported to be composted or recycled. All paper is 100 percent recycled. To learn more about Paper Wise visit http://www.paperwise.net.

The bicycle tube, tent, climbing rope and backpack recycling is provided in conjunction with Ecological Designs Inc., Green Guru Gear of Boulder, who "upcycle" the tubes into durable backpacks and wearable gear. Bicycle tires will be taken to EcoCycle, also in Boulder, to be recycled into playground cover.

For more information, contact Kristen Bertuglia, the town's environmental sustainability coordinator, at 970-477-3455 or kbertuglia@vailgov.com.