Reminder: Recycle your outdated electronic equipment on Saturday, March 15 at Edmonds Community College

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Instead of collecting and wondering what to do with that outdated electronic equipment, why not get rid of it?

Edmonds Community College will offer free electronics recycling to the public from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Saturday, March 15, at the college, which is located at 20000 68th Ave. W.

Signs will be provided from the entrance at 68th Ave. W and 200th St. SW. Download the college’s parking lot map at www.edcc.edu/parking.

Free to recycle will be computers, laptops, monitors, TVs and cell phones. Other electronics — such as washers, dryers, VCRs, and printers — will be accepted for a small fee. Collected cell phones will be used to raise funds for a Susan G. Komen event to the help in the fight to end breast cancer.

Concerned about private information stored on hard drives? For $2, E-Waste will provide certificates that ensure the data will be destroyed.

Mercury, lead, cadmium, and other hazardous and toxic material can be found in electronic waste, and the Environmental Protection Agency reported in 2009 that more than 82 percent of used electronics went to landfills and incinerators.

The recycling is part of Edmonds Community College’s participation in RecycleMania, a nationwide competition aimed at reducing waste and increasing recycling on college campuses. Free electronics recycling for students and employees is Wednesday, March 12.

The recycling event is sponsored by Edmonds Community College and Lynnwood-based E-Waste, an electronics recycler.

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