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Free E-Waste Collection

Illinois residents can get rid of any old or un-wanted electronic devices this weekend. The Rock island County Waste Management Agency will hold what it calls an "electronics collection event."

Staff coordinator, Laura Berkley, says the agency holds these collections twice a year, with the last one in May.

"We had about 560 cars drop off about 80,000 pounds of electronics. If you think about it in terms of semi loads, that's about three large semi trucks worth of electronics."

Acceptable items for recycling include tv's, vcr's, computers, printers, satellite dishes, typewriters, hair dryers, and even toaster ovens.

"The bulk of it is tv's because they weigh a lot and they're bulky. We're actually starting to see some of the flat screens come in too - they don't seem to last as long as the old tv's do."

The list of prohibited items for the collection include medical equipment and appliances, such as washing machines and window air conditioners. Regular batteries will not be accepted, but re-chargeable batteries can be turned in.

Electronics can be dropped off Saturday from 9 am until 1 pm, at the Rock Island County Fairgrounds in East Moline.