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Mayor Greg Fischer Newsroom

Residents, businesses can recycle computers, cell phones, other electronic items

Wednesday June 23, 2004

CyberCycle Recycling Program Available Year-Round Media Contacts:
Phil Miller Linda Fountain
 574-1901/439-4726 574-4241/372-0836

Mayor Jerry Abramson today urged Louisville residents, businesses and nonprofit organizations to recycle their unwanted computers, cell phones, and electronic equipment by taking advantage of an expanded program provided by Louisville Metro Government.

“CyberCycle is now a year-round program that will make electronics recycling both convenient and environmentally friendly,” Abramson said. “This program enhances Louisville Metro’s recycling efforts and takes a pro-active approach to providing a long-term, sustainable and easy-to-use alternative to electronics disposal.”

For several years the opportunity to recycle electronics has been limited to one weekend a year but is being expanded due to strong demand from both residents and businesses, Abramson said. “In the single weekend that Cybercycle was available last year, we collected 13 semi-trailer loads of computers and other electronics or about 113 tons.”

According to the U.S. EPA, over 2,000,000 tons of electronics end up in landfills each year. Electronics contain a variety of hazardous metals, such as cadmium, that require special handling. Computer monitors can contain four or more pounds of lead each. Electronic components also contain precious metals such as gold and copper that can easily be recycled.

Acceptable items for the CyberCycle program include computers, scanners, printers, monitors, tape and disk drives, VCRs, CD players, digital cameras, and cell phones. All electronics collected will be shipped to a vendor for recycling purposes.

Residents will be allowed to dispose of three items per visit at no charge. An example of one item is a computer monitor, hard drive, keyboard and printer. Businesses will be charged a .20 per pound disposal fee. Nonprofit organizations will be charged .10 per pound. These fees will help defray some of the rising costs related to shipping and proper disposal. Electronic equipment from businesses and nonprofit groups are accepted by appointment only. Residents may take their electronic items any time during normal operating hours to:

·Louisville Metro Waste Reduction Center
 636 Meriwether Avenue Hours of Operation: Tuesday thru Friday – 1:00 PM to 8:00 PM Saturday – 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM

For further information, residents and businesses may phone MetroCall at 311 or 574-5000.

Photo Opportunity:

When: Wednesday, June 23, 1:30 p.m.

Where: Metro Waste Reduction Center, 636 Meriwether Avenue (Note: Meriwether runs between S. Shelby and W. Burnette Streets)

What: Pallets of computer and other electronic gear loose, and shrink-wrapped for shipping; staff preparing electronics for shipping; items being dropped-off at site for recycling.
More: Bob Schindler, Director, Metro Solid Waste Management will be available for media interviews.