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Mayor Announces New Electronic Recycling Partnership

Tuesday March 14, 2006

Michael Rodgers, Best Buy and Steve Kanotz, Circuit City with Mayor

City Teams with Best Buy, Circuit City to Recycle Electronic Equipment    

Mayor Jerry Abramson today announced a new electronic recycling partnership with two of the nation’s largest retailers that will increase awareness about a free service for residents and save taxpayer dollars.

Every customer who purchases merchandise at any of the five local Best Buy and Circuit City stores will now receive information about how to recycle used electronic equipment such as computers, printers, VCRs and DVD players.

"Louisville is the only city in the state to offer free electronic recycling throughout the year for all residents," Abramson said. "We want people to know about the service and take advantage of it because it’s all of our responsibilities to recycle what we replace."

The city’s Solid Waste Management Services Department launched the year-round program in June 2004. Since that time, 336 tons of electronic equipment have been recycled. Those items include: DVDs, CDs, keyboards, game systems, monitors, copiers, cell phones, cameras and computer disks. Recycling these items has kept harmful lead out of the landfill and saved taxpayers $7,224 in landfill disposal costs.

"We are pleased to be partnering with the city on this important project and increasing our customers’ awareness about electronic recycling," said Michael Rodgers, general manager of Best Buy, St. Matthews.

Recycled electronic items are processed at a facility in Elkton, Oh. The glass, plastic, steel, gold and copper are separated and sent to companies where they are manufactured in to new circuit boards and computers.

"Recycling is good for our customers and good for the environment," said Steve Kanotz, district manager, Midwest region, Circuit City.

Equipment Accepted at Electronic Recycling Center

Residents who would like to recycle their electronics may do so free of charge at the Louisville Waste Reduction Center, 636 Meriwether Avenue. Items are accepted Tuesday through Thursday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Each customer is allowed to recycle three items or systems. A system is a computer, monitor, keyboard, printer and external drive. Televisions are not accepted.
Businesses that want to recycle used electronics will be charged a 20-cent per pound disposal fee. Nonprofit organizations will be charged 10 cents per pound. Businesses and nonprofits are required to make drop-off appointments.