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More electronics recycling
No excuse for throwing out obsolete gadgets now

05/03/12
By John Andrews jandrews@hippopress.com



A few weeks ago, I answered a reader question about getting rid of old electronics responsibly. Little did I know the flood of additional suggestions that would generate.
 
Turns out, in addition to city dumps and big box stores, there are a ton of local places to take old computers, monitors, phones, and other gadgets — especially this weekend.
 
• NRPC collection days: The Nashua Regional Planning Commission holds six household hazardous waste collection days this year. Five remain, and the next one is May 5 at the Milford Public Works Garage, 289 South St. (Route 13), 8 a.m. to noon. It’s open to residents of Amherst, Brookline, Hollis, Hudson, Litchfield, Merrimack, Milford, Mont Vernon, Nashua, Pelham and Windham.
 
Compact fluorescent light bulbs and rechargeable batteries are grouped with solvents and pesticides and other chemicals, so they’re covered under the $10 user fee for up to 20 pounds of stuff. Other electronics are individually priced: $5 for most items, $8 per monitor, and $15-$20 per television. You’ll be asked to fill out a brief survey of what you’re bringing in; if you like, you can download the form beforehand from their website.
 
Additional hazardous waste collection days are held at the Nashua Public Works Garage, 9 Stadium Drive, on June 7, Aug. 4, Oct. 6 and Nov. 3. Learn more at nashuarpc.org/hhw.
 
• CTAC: Computer Technology Assistance Corps always accepts computers that can be refurbished or used for parts and given (or sold at reduced price) to low-income families or nonprofit organizations. This weekend they’re holding a Hot Dogs for High Tech cookout, a joint effort with Small Dog Electronics and students from UNH Manchester. Although the shop is about 6 months old, this is the first time it’s really courted publicity, said the chair of CTAC’s board of directors, Steven Bothwick.
 
“Our organization is working toward a community where access to computer technology is available to everyone, regardless of means. Some of our clients enter CTAC without ever using a computer or surfing the Internet before, and this puts them at a disadvantage in today’s society,” Bothwick said in a press release.
 
CTAC, a 501(c)(3) organization itself, offers training classes as well as a small retail store and IT services to local nonprofits. The donation drive will be held this Saturday, May 5, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at their Goffstown store at 711 S. Mast Road. Learn more at ctac-nh.org.
 
• Gethsemane Lutheran Church: Also on May 5, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., here you can bring not only electronics but also appliances in exchange for a suggested donation. Small electronics are $1 each or $5 for a small box; $5 for medium items; $10 for laptops, monitors, microwaves and other larger items; $15 for large appliances; and more for larger televisions. The church is at 65 Sagamore St. in Manchester. Learn more at glcmanchester.org.
 
• Goodwill Industries: If you’re busy this Saturday, many Goodwill stores accept electronics. Those that aren’t resold are recycled in partnership with Dell through a program called Reconnect. In contrast to Dell’s home pickup service, which only accepts Dell brand equipment, Reconnect lets you drop off any brand at one of 2,600 participating Goodwill stores.
 
Goodwill of Northern New England, which operates 25 stores in Maine, New Hampshire and Vermont, accepts electronics at some of its stores, including Concord, Hooksett and Londonderry. They will take monitors, computers, printers, scanners, hard drives, keyboards, mice, speakers, ink and toner cartridges, software, and Microsoft Xboxes, Zunes and webcams. Learn more at dellreconnect.com.
 
Witness the recycling of old jokes at twitter.com/CitizenjaQ.





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