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2/19/2012 7:06:00 AM
18 Tons of Electronic Waste
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A free electronics waste recycling event at Cottonwood's public works yard last Saturday had an overwhelming turnout as 416 vehicles turned in nearly 18 tons of discarded material to be recycled. "Looking at the per-capita population of that area and how many vehicles turned out, this is the most successful electronic waste recycling event we have ever done," Arizona Department of Environmental Quality Director Henry Darwin said. "We would like to thank Cottonwood Mayor Diane Joens and the many excellent volunteers for their extraordinary efforts to protect the public health and environment of the Verde Valley." Of the 416 vehicles that deposited e-waste, 182 were from Cottonwood, Verde Village 78, Cornville 60, Clarkdale 37, 21 from other unincorporated areas of Yavapai County, Sedona 20, Jerome 4, Camp Verde 3 and one each from Chino Valley and Rimrock. The event collected a grand total of 35,353 pounds. The event, sponsored by ADEQ, City of Cottonwood, UniSource Energy Services, Stewards of Public Lands and E-Waste Harvesters, collected more than twice the amount of an earlier 2010 event in Cottonwood, when 210 vehicles turned in 16,965 pounds of electronic waste. "We all had a wonderful day and there is a great amount of satisfaction that derives from these kinds of events and all the people who give of their time for this important cause," Mayor Joens said. Photos by Diane Joens. Also, see Diane Joens' photo gallery of this event at

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Reader Comments

Posted: Monday, April 2, 2012
Article comment by: Slater slater

New York City has been dumping all that and
more in the ocean since the 30s.Don't see a
problem there?

Posted: Monday, April 2, 2012
Article comment by: Verde Valley Citizen

Gee with new technology comes huge waste. All disposable garbage from china. Great. Tons and Tons of garbage from china. It must be outlawed from even entering this country.

Posted: Sunday, April 1, 2012
Article comment by: Electronic waste recycling kader

Waste is most polluted elements for environment. This website is very helpful to reduce any types of waste. Especially Electronics waste is most harmful and toxic for environment. It is very help full for these waste finishing. It always updates new information. I always visit this site. Due to the rapid advancement in technology, electronics equipment is experiencing increasingly shorter periods of "useful-life". Tri Valley Recyclers, was formed to help local consumers and businesses easily dispose of Electronic Waste in a simple, effective and yet environmentally responsible way. They are safe and responsible destruction of all E-Waste, data, equipment and documents in compliance with local, State and Federal laws.

Posted: Tuesday, February 21, 2012
Article comment by: out of sight, out of mind, and especially out of America!!!

Maybe it's time to stop being seduced by marketing and think of the destruction of constant updating to global pollution!

Posted: Tuesday, February 21, 2012
Article comment by: TO CHINA!!

recycling electronics = putting the waste in a shipping container and sending it to the yellow man illegally to extract precious medals. Look at pictures of Beijing, the pollution is undeniable.

Posted: Tuesday, February 21, 2012
Article comment by: while feel good has a point...

would they rather it not be at least attempted to be recycled?

should we just go ahead and start burning it in our back yards?

sounds like an opportunity to start a legit E-cycling business in a time when we could sure use the work and jobs...

encouraging the process rather than being a "downer" might go further in helping the issue as well.

Posted: Tuesday, February 21, 2012
Article comment by: feel good recycling but most goes to poor places

Feel good recycling OK but tip of the 'berg as most of our electronic has beens terminate in smoldering piles ruinious to the health and welfare of the poor in Africa where officials pocket the disposal payoffs while the poor live with the consequences. Skeptical? Do some research friends and findout the truth.

Posted: Tuesday, February 21, 2012
Article comment by: jennifer train

Thank you for addressing the e waste problem at your local level. Considering 70% of toxic waste which contaminates soil and drinking water is electronic waste, each country needs to take responsibility for managing their own e waste. With the current global economic problems and across the board unemployment, investing and growing a solid green economy including e waste management just makes good sense. Jennifer Train @ Going Green Today (dot) com.

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