Saturday, February 26, 2011
Out with the old (media), in with the new (recycling program)
Hennepin County just started collecting computer disks, DVDs, CDs, Blu-ray discs, video cassettes, audio cassettes, game cartridges, Secure Digital (SD) memory cards, flash drives, plastic cases and jewel cases, ink jet and laser toner cartridges and vinyl records, aka electronic media, for recycling at its 2 drop-off sites in Bloomington and Brooklyn Park! Before this, there was no local option for such things as cassette tapes, jewel cases and VHS tapes, and if you wanted to recycle them you had to pay to send them to Green Disk.
Here's more info from the news release:
Hennepin County is the first local option to accept such a wide variety of electronic media for recycling. It is unknown how much media is currently disposed of in the trash, but staff anticipates the new recycling service will be very popular among residents. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency estimates that every month approximately 100,000 pounds of CDs become obsolete in the United States and more than 5.5 million boxes of software are discarded each year.
Hennepin County drop-off facilities are located at 1400 W. 96th St. in Bloomington, and 8100 Jefferson Highway in Brooklyn Park. The facilities are open Tuesday, Thursday and Friday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Wednesday from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.; and Saturday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
The county still encourages residents to find a reuse option for media items that are in good condition. Residents can trade, sell or donate video games, music and movies.
Click here for locations and hours. You also can still recycle CDs, DVDs and other electronics, most for free, at Best Buy stores. This link has an extensive list of what they do and don't accept for recycling (click on the link on the right side of the page).
And here's an article from E/The Environmental Magazine entitled "Compact Disc Disposal A Giant Problem."