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Free electronics recycling drive offered to Oklahoma City residents

City of Oklahoma City, Waste Management and Sony Electronics to host free recycling event

(April 21, 2008) - Oklahoma City residents will soon have an opportunity to get rid of old computers and electronic equipment in an environmentally sound manner and free of charge.  The City of Oklahoma City, Waste Management, Recycle America and Sony Electronics Inc. have partnered to offer the citizens an eCycling drop-off event on Saturday, April 26.

Oklahoma City residents may recycle all brands of unwanted televisions, computers, printers, home and cell phones, VCRs, stereos, etc.  Typically, residents would need to pay for their electronics to be properly collected and recycled.  But as part of their ongoing efforts to help consumers recycle electronic devices safely, Sony Electronics and Waste Management are picking up the tab.

The collection drive is from 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. Saturday, April 26, at the State Fair Park’s old 89er baseball stadium parking lot.  The easiest access will be from Interstate 44, taking the N.W. 10th Street exit and following the signs.

By working with Sony on these special events, Oklahoma City and Waste Management are helping consumers properly manage their old electronics.  The collection drive is part of Sony’s ongoing Take Back Recycling program, which provides consumers with end-of-life solutions when electronics are unplugged for the last time.

“We intend to lead the industry in environmental stewardship by providing consumers with end-of-life solutions through our “Take Back Recycling Program” and these special electronics recycling events,” said Mark Small, vice president of environment, safety and health for Sony Electronics.

 “People are seeking services to help them recycle electronic waste responsibly and economically,” said Rick Padgett, market area general manager for Waste Management.  “We hope to collect as much recyclable material as possible through this free event.  It is our way of demonstrating a shared commitment with the community, by providing outstanding customer service and environmental stewardship.”

The amount of e-waste is on the rise and managing the issue is becoming increasingly crucial as the FCC-mandated switch to all digital TV signals in February 2009 nears.  According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, two million tons of e-waste ended up in landfills in 2005, while only about 380,000 tons were recycled.  By recycling old electronics products, useful materials – such as glass, plastic and metals – can be collected and re-used in the manufacture of other products.

The eCycling drop-off location will help make recycling of electronic products easy and convenient.  Residents don’t even need to get out of their vehicles.  The eCycling crewmembers will collect all acceptable electronic products from trunks or pickup beds.  Products not acceptable for eCycling will be left in the vehicles.

Acceptable items for eCycling are:

Computers – CPUs

Computer monitors

Computer peripherals

Printers

Fax machines

Keyboards

Photocopiers

Televisions

VCRs

Stereos

Home and office phones

Cell phones

Consumer electronics

 

Unacceptable items for eCycling are:

Microwaves

Smoke alarms and detectors

Fire alarms and detectors

Thermometers

Dehumidifiers

Large appliances (refrigerators, etc.)

Non-decontaminated medical equipment

Any unit with sludge or liquids

 

About Waste Management:

Waste Management, based in Houston, Texas, is the leading provider of comprehensive waste management services in North America.  Our subsidiaries provide collection, transfer, recycling and resource recovery, and disposal services.  We are also a leading developer, operator and owner of waste-to-energy facilities in the United States.  Our customers include residential, commercial, industrial, and municipal customers throughout North America.  More information and how Waste Management achieves Think Green® can be found at www.thinkgreen.com.

 

About Sony Electronics:

Headquartered in San Diego, Sony Electronics is a leading provider of audio/video electronics and information technology products for the consumer and professional markets.  Operations include research and development, design, engineering, manufacturing, sales, marketing, distribution and customer service.  Sony has played a key role in the development of Blu-ray, Disc™, CD, DVD and Super Audio CD technologies, among many others.  The company is noted for a wide range of consumer audio-visual products, such as the BRAVIA® LCD high-definition television, Cyber-shot® digital camera, Handycam® camcorder and Walkman® personal stereo.  Sony is also an innovator in the IT arena with its VAIO® personal computers; and in high-definition professional broadcast and video equipment, highlighted by the XDCAM® HD and CineAlta™ lines of cameras and camcorders, and the SXRD™ 4K digital projector.  The latest news and information is available at the company’s Web site at www.sony.com/news.

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