electronics recycling

E-Tech Recyclers is offering free electronics recycling to residents and businesses through Earth Day, April 22.

Obsolete computers, wire, cable, printers, fax machines and small appliances can be dropped off at E-Tech Recyclers, 2854 N. Prospect St., from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. No appointments are necessary.

Hard drive shredding, fluorescent bulbs, televisions and monitors are excluded but can still be accepted for a fee.

More than 240,000 computer towers, laptops and tablets were purchased in 2018, according to data E-Tech Recyclers cited in a news release. Another 370 million smartphones were bought during the first quarter of 2018 alone.

Many of the items they replace are thrown into the trash because people are unaware of the Colorado electronics landfill ban, or they don’t know where items can be properly and securely recycled.

E-Tech not only sustainably recycles these items to keep them out of landfills but puts them to use when possible.

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Computers brought to the company are used in the E-Tech Learning Center work skills training program, which teaches work skills to adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

The program, a partnership with Community Intersections, helps these individuals gain the skills toward getting competitive jobs in the community and provides job skills for students leaving high school and transitioning into adulthood.

Hard drives are removed and destroyed before the computers are delivered to the Learning Center.

E-Tech Recyclers is a woman-owned small business and an economically challenged EPA registered business. The company’s mission is to protect clients by providing guaranteed solutions to securing data and assisting them in safeguarding the environment by collecting, properly and responsibly dismantling, and recycling e-waste.

Besides the Learning Center, the company focuses on assisting low-income families with school-age children through a Computers for Children program. It also offers a discount program for nonprofits.

The free collection program aims to bring awareness to Colorado’s e-waste recycling requirements; offer convenient drop-off for El Paso County residents and businesses; encourage responsible recycling; keep electronics out of landfills; and increase training opportunities for E-Tech Learning Center students.