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County's e-waste recycling event collects 400,000 pounds of electronics

Dane County Executive Joe Parisi said the county's fourth annual free e-waste recycling event this past weekend was a huge success, preventing an estimated 400,000 pounds of broken or unwanted electronics from cluttering area homes and clogging the county's landfill.

"We not only recycled hundreds of thousands of pounds of e-waste and helped families with some housecleaning, but we also kept a lot of toxic materials out of our landfill," Parisi said. "This free event is convenient for our residents and good for our lands and lakes."

People who attended Saturday's event at the Alliant Energy Center dropped off 100,000 more pounds of computers, printers, scanners, television sets, cellphones and other electronics than last year -- enough to fill 16 semi trucks.  The items were sorted quickly and efficiently by more than 100 volunteers and there were few problems with lines or waiting, according to country officials.

Officials said all electronic materials were responsibly handled in an environmentally, safe and secure manner, using the best data wiping software available.

Parisi said this year's event was made possible in part through the county's partnerships with several private supporters -- Vintage Tech, LLC, Habitat ReStore East, and Wal-Mart West on Watts Road, which donated water for the event's volunteers.

After four years the event, believed to be the largest of its kind in North America, has helped prevent an estimated 2 million pounds of electronics from going into area landfills, Parisi said.

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