Ask Waste Watchers: There are a few ways to trash your old television
Vail, CO Colorado
There is a brand-new flat-screen television waiting for me under the Christmas tree this year. How and where can I dispose of my old, large, bulky model?
Berniece in Gypsum
Thanks for the great question, Berniece, and for choosing to dispose of your old television properly.
Eagle County residents and businesses have a couple of options for recycling electronic waste.
• On Jan. 21, High Country Computers and the Eagle Valley Alliance for Sustainability will hold their second annual Electronic Recycling Collection event in front of High Country Computers at the Riverwalk at Edwards (137 Main St., Suite C-103W) from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
• The drop-off cost is $15 each for televisions as large as 32 inches or $1 per inch for a television larger than 32 inches (screen measured diagonally). In addition, they also will be accepting all other types of electronic waste: computer CPUs at $3 each, computer monitors at $10 each, batteries at $2 per pound and small appliances at $3 each. Certain small items, such as cell phones, iPods, computer mice and keyboards are collected free of charge. Call 970-926-3368 for additional information and pricing.
• High Country Computers also accepts e-waste during regular business hours at its retail location in Edwards. The store is open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday.
• The Eagle County Household Hazardous Waste facility also accepts e-waste from all residents and businesses. The cost is a flat rate of 20 cents per pound for all electronics. For example, a computer monitor weighing 50 pounds costs $10 to recycle.
Whenever possible, electronics should not be discarded in the trash. By volume, electronics account for only a small percentage of the waste entering landfills, but are responsible for most of the heavy-metal contamination. Municipal landfills are not designed to handle large quantities of toxic metals such as mercury, cadmium and lead, which are commonly found in electronics. Proper recycling of electronics is always preferable, but landfill disposal is still an option.
Did you know that you can turn your Christmas tree into something useful? Eagle County communities will be handling Christmas-tree recycling in different ways this year. Eagle, Gypsum and Minturn will be accepting trees in order to make bonfires for Twelfth night or evening of Epiphany (Jan. 6) celebrations. Vail and Basalt will be chipping and mulching the trees they receive. The trees collected from Avon, Edwards and Eagle-Vail will be chipped and mulched at the Eagle County landfill, where residents can pick it up free of charge. In most cases, the landfill will even load your truck. Contact your town government for additional tree-recycling information.
Joseph Walls is hazardous-waste specialist at the Eagle County Household Hazardous Waste facility, located at the landfill in Wolcott. The facility is open 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday and 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday. Call 970-328-3468 or visit http://www.eaglecounty.us/recyclingwaste for information.