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2013 E-rase your E-waste Events coming soon to a location near you! 

Fairview Chamber added e-cycling to its annual spring cleanup activities on May 11. Collection held in Sidney May 10-11. Click for printable details on this year's event.
 
Tip: Share this user-friendly web address with others who may be interested in recycling e-waste: http://www.ars.usda.gov/npa/nparl/ewaste.
  
 


Final “E-rase your E-waste” event for 2013 is Sept 6-7

Last chance this year to clear out all those outdated and obsolete electronic items cluttering your closets. This weekend, the Richland County “Erase you e-waste” program is hosting its regular fall collection event on Friday and Saturday, Sept 6 and 7th and once again it’s FREE!

This event will be held at the Richland County Shop, 2140 W. Holly, across from the fairgrounds in Sidney from 3 pm to 7 pm on Friday and 9 am to 3 pm on Saturday. (Please note, the county shop is available for drop offs during event times ONLY, when e-cycler employees and local volunteers will also be available to help with loading and unloading.)

As a convenience, a list of acceptable items and a collection form that can be filled out ahead of time are also available online for download at the Sidney ARS website at http://www.ars.usda.gov/npa/nparl/ewaste. Local businesses, agencies and organizations with large amounts to e-cycle are asked to make an appointment to drop off their items by calling Jackie Couture at 406-433-9422. Please leave a message.

This year the “E-rase your E-waste” committee has added a new e-cycler, Yellowstone E-waste Solutions, out of Billings, MT. Like the previous e-cycler, Yellowstone is providing their services for FREE.

The “E-rase your E-waste” effort in Sidney is coordinated by members of the Richland County Local Emergency Planning Committee (LEPC), Richland Opportunities Inc., and volunteers with other community organizations including the RSVP program.

This annual collection effort is coordinated by the Richland County Local Emergency Planning Committee, Richland Opportunities, Inc., the Sidney Agricultural Research Lab, and volunteers with the Retired Seniors Volunteer Program. Additional support is provided by the city of Sidney and Richland County, along with several local businesses, including Sidney Health Center and Sidney Sugars, Couture said. The Montana Department of Environmental Quality has also committed funds for advertising the 2013 event.

For more information on this event, contact Jackie Couture at 406-433-9422 or Cindy Eleson at 406-488-3341.

 

 

 

2013 Event: Fairview Cleanup Day to include FREE e-waste recycling

 

The Fairview Chamber is adding e-cycling to its annual spring cleanup day activities this year, in cooperation with Richland County’s E-rase your E-waste program.

 

Saturday, May 11 has been designated as City Wide Cleanup Day in Fairview, according to Chamber organizers, with bins for regular trash available at the fire hall from 8 a.m. until noon. During that same time period, residents and businesses are encouraged to bring their electronic recyclables to the fire hall as well. Seniors or others requiring assistance in Fairview may call City Hall at 742-5616.

 

Fairview will share the same e-cycler, Yellowstone E-waste Solutions out of Billings, as is being used for the 2013 Sidney “E-rase your E-waste” collection events announced earlier. Yellowstone is new to the event this year, but will continue to offer e-cycling services FREE to area residents, with one minor exception. Participants will need to pay a small fee of $2 to $5 to have their hard drives shredded (depending on if it’s already removed from the computer or the company has to remove it). There is no charge if participants allow reuse of the hard drive after it’s been “wiped” of all data.

 

Fairview residents are encouraged to do their part in keeping harmful components out of our landfills, by bringing their cell phones, computers, monitors, TVs, small kitchen appliances and other recyclables to the Fairview Fire Hall from 8 a.m. to noon on Saturday, May 11, chamber organizers said. Note, that NO items, either regular trash or e-waste, will be accepted after the 12 pm deadline in Fairview.

 

For those Fairview residents unable to make that morning’s “E-rase your E-waste” event, there is a collection planned in Sidney that same weekend, Friday and Saturday, May 10-11, as well where they can drop off their e-waste in the afternoon (see below for exact times). The Sidney group is also hosting a fall event set for Sept. 6-7, so there are a couple of different options available for those interested in responsibly recycling their e-waste, organizers said.

 

Again, the collections in Sidney and Fairview are all FREE!  The Sidney events will be held as usual at the Richland County Shop at 2140 W. Holly in Sidney, next to the Fairgrounds. Signs will be posted. Times for both spring and fall events in Sidney are Fridays 3-7 pm and Saturdays 9 am-3 pm. Please note, the county shop is available for drop offs during event times ONLY, when Yellowstone E-waste Solution employees and local volunteers will also be available to help with loading and unloading.

 

Local businesses, agencies and organizations with large amounts to e-cycle are asked to make an appointment to drop off their items by calling Jackie Couture at 406-433-9422. Please leave a message.

 

Where possible larger recyclers are also encouraged to palletize their own items, or send extra staff to help get it done. Details on acceptable items and how to palletize them can be found in a handout posted to the USDA-ARS Northern Plains Agricultural Research Lab’s e-waste website at www.ars.usda.gov/npa/nparl/ewaste. In addition, a handy “Items List” recycling form is also available at the website to further speed processing time for participants bringing both large and small amounts.

 

The “E-rase your E-waste” effort in Sidney is coordinated by members of the Richland County Local Emergency Planning Committee (LEPC), Richland Opportunities Inc., and volunteers with other community organizations including the RSVP program.

   


 

E-waste: Frequently Asked Questions

 

What is e-waste?

 

E-waste is a popular, informal name for electronic products nearing the end of their "useful life."  Computers, televisions, VCRs, stereos, copiers, mobile phones and fax machines are common electronic products and make up one of the fastest growing segments of our nation's waste stream.  The National Safety Council projects that nearly 250 million computers will become obsolete in the next five years and mobile phones are being discarded at a rate of 130 million per year. 

 

 

What hazards are found in e-waste?

 

Computer monitors and older TV picture tubes contain an average of four pounds of lead and require special handling at the end of their lives.  In addition to lead, electronics can contain chromium, cadmium, mercury, beryllium, nickel, zinc, and brominated flame retardants, presenting problems if not disposed of properly.  Extending the life of your electronics or donating your most up-to-date and working electronics can save you money and save valuable resources.  Safely recycling outdated electronics can promote the safe management of hazardous components and supports the recovery and reuse of valuable materials.

 

 

Benefits of e-cycling for humans and the environment

 

Using proper disposal methods helps to keep harmful metals such as the lead found in computer montiors out of landfills, which is also resulting in the protection of nearby ground water supplies from potential metal contamination from landfill leachate.  Electronic products that can be reused, result in less energy being required to produce new ones and this saves energy and reduces pollution.  Sometimes recycling computers can create a supply of parts and materials that can be used on the manufacture of new products or to refurbish older ones.
 

 

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Related Links

Additional Information:

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Past Years Events:

orange dot 2012 E-rase Your E-waste Event

orange dot 2011 E-rase Your E-waste Event

orange dot 2010 E-rase Your E-waste Event

orange dot 2009 E-rase Your E-waste Event

orange dot 2008 E-rase your E-waste Event! 

        E-waste recycling event again exceeds previous years totals

        Dates Set for 2008 E-rase Your E-waste

        Alternative Collection Days for 2008

orange dot 2007 E-rase your E-waste Event! 

orange dot 2006 E-rase your E-waste Event! 

 
Reports:

orange dot Results from previous community-wise e-cycling events

        ● Final Report of Sidney, MT 2009/2010 events (not yet available)

        ● Final Report of Sidney, MT 2008 event (PDF; 1066 KB)

        ● Final Report of Sidney, MT 2007 event (PDF; 1230 KB)

        ● Final Report of Sidney, MT 2006 event (PDF; 1297 KB)

        ● Final Report of Sidney, MT 2005 event (PDF; 1511 KB)

 

orange dot  Organize your own "e-rase your e-waste" event! 
        ● Helpful templates, info to download 

        ● Tips for setting up your own e-cycling event (PDF; 90 KB)

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Organize your own community-wide e-cycling event!

 

Organize your own event! 

This web page provides planning and other information to anyone interested in recycling electronic waste in their local community. It describes how a small town in eastern Montana developed and hosted its own “E-rase your E-waste” event, and how you can do it, too. It even provides some ready-made promotional materials for general use, as well as samples of letters, brochures and posters from the original event to spur your own ideas (see below).

 

Although small in scope – Sidney, MT has a population of only about 5,000 people, with its home county just topping 10,000 – the project had a big impact after publicity surrounding it attracted the interest of state and even regional waste/recycling officials. As an example, the Sidney “E-rase your E-waste” effort prompted the Montana Department of Environmental Quality to streamline its permitting procedure for community-sponsored e-cycling events, and regional EPA officials are sharing details of the project with other communities across their region.

 

The June 2005 e-cycling effort in Sidney was initiated by Jackie Couture, a Health and Safety Officer at the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Agricultural Research Service laboratory (USDA-ARS) in Sidney. Couture, concerned about the hazards of dumping outdated lab and computer equipment in local landfills, approached the Local Emergency Planning Committee (LEPC) of which she is the chairman and proposed the idea to conduct a community wide “e-cycling” event in Sidney. LEPC representatives embraced the idea and a short time later local emergency and volunteer agencies (CERT and RSVP) joined in support of the effort.

 

The core group in place, Couture and other representatives from the USDA-ARS laboratory in Sidney identified an e-cycler for the event and developed the “E-rase your E-waste” slogan and logo to promote it. As word of the effort got out, organizers discovered they had hit a nerve. Phone calls and requests for more information from other communities and offers of assistance were received from the general public and from state and other government and private solid waste officials.

 

As a result of that interest, organizers decided to record the steps they took to set up the event and make that information, along with samples and templates of its promotional materials, available to anyone and everyone interested in establishing their own e-cycling project. That information – and more – is found below.

 

We'd also like to hear from you if you've hosted a successful e-cycling effort in your area and have tips for others.  We'll share them here as well.  Happy E-cycling!

  

E-mail us your Feedback: webmaster@sidney.ars.usda.gov

 

Or send information to:

USDA-ARS-NPARL

P.O. Box 463

Sidney, MT  59270

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Templates to Download

The artwork for these materials were developed by USDA-ARS in Sidney, MT, to promote its first e-cycling event in Spring 2005. To encourage others to e-cycle, they are made freely available to individuals and organizations interested in adapting them for their own events. For more information, contact Jackie Couture at jackie.couture@ars.usda.gov.

 

Tips for setting up your own e-cycling event (PDF; 90 KB)

 

Sample materials from the Sidney, MT event:

     Brochure 2011 - 14.0" x 8.5"    (PDF; 340 KB)

     Brochure 2010 - 14.0" x 8.5"    (PDF; 266 KB)
     
Handout 2010 -  8.5" x 11.0"    (PDF; 266 KB)

     Collection Sheet 2010 - 8.5" x 11.0"    (PDF; 50 KB)

     Brochure 2009 - 14.0" x 8.5"    (PDF; 387 KB)

     Brochure 2008 - 14.25" x 8.75" (PDF; 372 KB)

     Brochure 2007 - 11x8½ tri-fold (PDF; 271 KB)

     Brochure 2006 (PDF; 316 KB)

 

     Buttons - 2¼ in.  (PDF; 346 KB)

     2011 Poster - 11x17 portrait  (PDF; 177 KB)

     2010 Poster - 11x17 portrait  (PDF; 114 KB)

     2009 Poster - 11x17 portrait  (PDF; 177 KB)

     2007 Poster - 11x17 portrait  (PDF; 315 KB)

     2006 Poster - 11x17 portrait  (PDF; 207 KB)

     2005 Poster - 11x17 landscape  (PDF; 224 KB)

     2005 Poster


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