The City of Aspen Invites Community to Recycle E-Waste


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TheCity of Aspen Invites Community to Recycle E-Waste

Contact:  Liz O’Connell, Waste Reduction & Environmental HealthSpecialist, City of Aspen at 970-429-1831 or orMatt McLaughlin, Electronic Recyclers International, 303-522-9672 or

Aspen, CO –May 8, 2014The City of Aspen’sEnvironmental Health Department has teamed with Electronic Recyclers International(ERI) to present a special electronic waste collection event.  On Saturday May 17th from 9 1 p.m. the community is invited to stop by the Community Bank parking lotoff Mill Street to drop off a wide variety of unwanted electronic items for responsiblerecycling. Monitors and TV’s can be recycled for a small fee while all other e-wastewill be accepted for free.

Coloradorecently passed legislation that prohibits disposing of electronics intolandfills.  Therefore, the city has designedan event to provide safe disposal of old televisions, monitors, computers,laptops, tablets, cell phones, printers, fax machines, keyboards, mice, stereoequipment, servers, telecom equipment, DVD players and copy machines for theentire community.

Electronicscollected will be recycled by Colorado’s own local recycler ERI, the largestrecycler of electronic waste in the nation and the first e-waste recycler inthe world to receive both R2 certification and becertified to the Basel Action Network’s e-Stewards Standard forResponsible Recycling and Reuse of Electronic Equipment. Recycling will beperformed at ERI’s Denver location.

“Publicparticipation and awareness of the importance of recycling electronics is atestament to our community’s concern for the environment.” said Liz O’Connell,Senior Environmental Health Specialist for the City of Aspen.

“Thiselectronic recycling event is a further example of the commitment that greatcommunities such as Aspen have made to our environment. Together, we are helpingthe people of Colorado become more environmentally responsible and are offeringthem a convenient opportunity to safely dispose of their old electronic devicesat the same time,” said John Shegerian, Chairman and CEO of ERI. 

Coloradoresidents replace hundreds of thousands of TVs, computers, monitors and otherelectronic devices every year.  Plus,they store millions more unused electronics in homes, garages andbusinesses.  Since electronic productscontain resources such as metal, plastic and glass, these should be recycledinstead of thrown away.  Further, theycontain harmful substances such as lead and other heavy metals that need to bekept out of the water supply by properly disposing and recycling these items.

Businesses may havetheir electronics picked up on May 16th, 2014. Businesses will be charged forthese items: [Article].21/lb Display devices; [Article].12/lb General ewaste; [Article].00/lbComputers.  Email mmclaughlin@electronicrecyclers.comor call 303-522-9672 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting toschedule a pick up. Residents may drop of most of their ewaste at no charge.

Formore information about waste reduction and recycling in Aspen, please contactLiz O'Connell at 970-429-1831




ElectronicRecyclers International (ERI), the nation’s largest privately held recycler ofelectronic waste, is R2 and e-Stewards certified to de-manufacture andrecycle every type of electronic waste in an environmentally friendly manner. ERIprocesses more than 200 million pounds of electronic waste annually at sevenlocations in seven states. For more information about e-wasterecycling and ERI, call 1-800-884-8466 or visit


Posted on Thursday, May 08, 2014