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WBRZ teams up with CACRC and Conn’s for ’Recycle your electronics day’

Staff Writer
Donaldsonville Chief

BATON ROUGE, La.  –  Many people receive electronic gifts for Christmas like a new laptop, printer, cell phone, or iPod and iPad.  So what should you do with the old ones?  Recycle!

WBRZ-TV Channel 2, for the fifth year in a row, is teaming up with the Capital Area Corporate Recycling Council (CACRC) for our “Recycle Your Electronics Day.”  The event will take place Friday, January 11, 2013, from 5:00 A.M. to 1:00 P.M. in front of Conn’s Appliances & Electronics on Siegen Lane, the event’s corporate sponsor.

WBRZ Meteorologist Dave Nussbaum will be broadcasting LIVE from Conn’s from 5:00A.M. to 7:00A.M and from Noon to 1pm.  At the donation site, no heavy lifting of equipment will be necessary.  The staff of CACRC will take care of all the work while donors remain in their vehicles. Businesses with large donations should contact CACRC at 225-379-3577.

CACRC is a non-profit organization operating without state funding. The Council accepts public donations year-round.  Because of “Recycle Your Electronics Day” in 2012, the CACRC refurbished and recycled  $158,481 in equipment.

Compared to statistics furnished by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the environmental savings due to the event in 2012 are the equivalent to:

  • enough energy savings to power 161 U.S. households in a year;
  • greenhouse gas reduction equal to removing 114 passenger cars from the road for a year;
  • solid waste generated by 10 U.S. households in a year;
  • over 7,550 metric tons of air emissions; and 16 metric tons of water emissions.

The CACRC collects the following items: computer hardware, computer accessories, networking equipment, processors, circuit boards, telephones, telephone systems, cell phones/bag phones, pagers, fax machines, security systems, stereos, mp3 players, DVD & VHS players, digital still and video cameras, DVRs, digital picture frames, portable navigation/GPS devices, video games, game consoles and accessories, monitors, telephone/computer cables, uninterruptible power supplies, printers, toner, and ink jet cartridges.

The following items will not be collected: televisions of any type, appliances, furniture, and copiers.

Everything collected will be packed into trucks and brought to CACRC's warehouse downtown. Working gadgets will be refurbished and sold to the public, discounted for low-income families, or given to schools and community centers. Electronics that cannot be reused will be stripped, and their parts are recycled.

For more information on “Recycle Your Electronics Day”, visit WBRZ.com.