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November is an enjoyable month. It brings many events and activities, including parades, hunting, pumpkin carving, enjoyment of the peak foliage and a time of thanks. This month also brings the nationally recognized America Recycles Day that is completely dedicated to inspiring Americans to recycle, consider recyclable products for purchasing and think about their habits and activities both at the workplace and at home. There are plenty of benefits of recycling, and Cayuga County is among many schools, communities and counties working together to better our environment through recycling on this day.

Please join in celebrating America Recycles Day in Cayuga County on Nov. 14 from 8 to 11 a.m. by recycling any electronic appliances you may have at home. The location of this event will be at the City of Auburn Landfill on 311 N. Division St. in Auburn. Acceptable electronics include (but are not limited to) computer equipment, computer monitors, typewriters, video game systems, universal power supplies, cell phones, toners and ink cartridges and televisions.

No businesses please, as this event is for homeowners. If you have any questions or would like additional information, please do not hesitate in contacting Cornell Cooperative Extension Cayuga County at 255-1183.

As you may know, televisions and computer monitors contain metals and need additional steps for recycling them. Older TV sets could hold up to 8 pounds of lead, which is poisonous, especially if they are crushed, and could cause neurological damage to those exposed. Computer monitors also contain lead and other materials. To properly recycle them, a small fee is applied in order to obtain the finances needed for the extended process. The monitors that are not able to be reused and redistributed will go through the additional steps in taking apart the monitor to salvage its parts and metals. Televisions undergo a similar process of disassembling and recovering the materials. At the event, a $5 fee for each TV and computer monitor will be charged for this reason. Also, a limit of two TVs per household applies at this event as well. All other electronic appliances are free.

America Recycles Day Electronics Event is sponsored by the City of Auburn, the Cayuga County Solid Waste Management Office, Cayuga County Planning Department and Economic Development, and the Cornell Cooperative Extension of Cayuga County. Funding is provided through NUCOR Steel Auburn, the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation and Cayuga County.

Irene Holak is the program educator of environmental issues at Cornell Cooperative Extension Cayuga County

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