Wednesday, April 15, 2009

The City of Atlanta to Sponsor One of the Largest One-Day Electronic Waste Recycling Events in the Southeast

/PRNewswire/ -- Don't just throw it away; bring it to E-Waste Recycling Day!

In observance of Earth Day 2009, the city Atlanta will host one of the largest single-day electronic waste collections in the southeast from 9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. on Saturday, April 18 at Turner Field's Orange Lot.

According to, Atlanta ranks among "America's Most Wired Cities." And over the last seven years, residents have become increasingly environmentally conscious when it comes to disposing of their household electronics.

Hundreds of residents will drop off their old television sets, computers and other household electronics to be recycled this Saturday. This year the city will also accept lead batteries, including automotive batteries, with the help of the event's newest national partner Advance Auto Parts.

Georgia Power will provide a free energy-efficient CFL light bulb to each participant who commits to replacing their older light bulbs with the newer, cost and energy efficient bulbs.

In addition to Advance Auto Parts, the city of Atlanta is honored to welcome WABE 90.1 FM as new local sponsor. WABE delivers NPR news, classical music, and arts and culture programming to more than 400,000 listeners weekly in metro Atlanta.

"WABE 90.1 FM is pleased to partner with the city of Atlanta and its Electronic Waste Recycling Day," said John Weatherford, Public Broadcasting Atlanta General Manager. "Participating in this worthwhile cause is our way of supporting e-waste recycling. We also encourage the recycling of analog television sets with the approach of our digital conversion on June 12."

Today, electronics account for up to five percent of landfill volume and contribute up to 70 percent of the toxins found in landfills because every year newer and better products are being sold to consumers.

The goal of Electronic Waste Recycling Day is to promote the recovery, reuse, and recycling of obsolete electronic equipment and to encourage the design, manufacture, and purchase of environmentally responsible electronic equipment.

The event is sponsored by Atlanta City Councilwoman Carla Smith; Keep Atlanta Beautiful; Turner Field; Atlanta Recycling Solutions, LLC.; WABE Radio 90.1 FM; Advance Auto Parts; the city of Atlanta Department of Public Works, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency; and Craft Creation & Design, LLC.

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