In an era where technology is advancing at an unprecedented rate, the issue of electronic waste (e-waste) is becoming increasingly pressing. E-waste not only contributes to environmental degradation but also poses a risk to human health due to the hazardous materials it contains. Recognizing the gravity of the situation, the Crawford County Solid Waste Management District has taken a proactive approach by organizing Electronic Waste Collection Days. These events are aimed at providing a safe and responsible way for residents to dispose of their unwanted electronic items.

When and Where to Drop Off Your E-Waste

The Crawford County Solid Waste Management District has scheduled two Electronic Waste Collection Days for this year:

  • September 16, from 8 AM to 4 PM
  • October 28, from 8 AM to 4 PM

The collection will take place at the Crawford County Fairgrounds in Bucyrus, specifically in the front parking lot. The best part? There is no charge for Crawford County residents to drop off their electronic waste.

An Extensive List of Acceptable Items

The district is accepting a wide range of electronic items, making it convenient for residents to dispose of various types of e-waste. Here’s what you can bring:

  • Computers, laptops, and tablets
  • Docking stations and UPS power supplies
  • Industrial electronics and network equipment
  • GPS devices, modems, and routers
  • LCD monitors and televisions
  • Alkaline, NiCd, and NiMh batteries
  • CD, DVD, and Blu-ray players
  • Video streaming devices and ink cartridges
  • Cell and smart phones, cordless phones
  • Cable and satellite receivers
  • Flash drives and digital projectors
  • Hard drives and cords
  • eReaders, iPods, and MP3 players
  • Gaming and handheld consoles
  • Keyboards and mice
  • Servers (small or large)
  • Stereo receivers
  • Copiers, fax machines, and printers
  • Lead acid and lithium-ion batteries

However, it’s important to note that certain items are not accepted, such as household appliances, kitchen electronics, smoke detectors, light bulbs, thermostats, fire extinguishers, hazardous material, and devices containing or emitting radioactivity or mercury.

Why Participate: The Environmental and Social Impact

Participating in the Electronic Waste Collection Days is not just about decluttering your home; it’s about making a positive impact on the environment and society. Proper disposal of e-waste ensures that hazardous materials are not released into the environment. Moreover, many electronic items contain valuable materials that can be recycled and reused, reducing the need for new raw materials.

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