Waterford Congregational United Church of Christ is hosting a “secure e-cycling” event at 70 Cross Road, Waterford for all electrical and electronic equipment from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. The collection is free and open to all Connecticut residents.
Electronic devices—including cell phones, televisions, computers and computer displays, and similar equipment—have been banned by law from Connecticut landfills since 2011. While every town is required to provide a way to dispose of residential “e-waste,” it is not always simple or convenient to do so.
Waterford UCC once again teams up with “Take 2,” a certified e-waste collector, to provide a convenient date and place for Southeastern Connecticut residents to bring their unwanted electronic waste. (Business items will not be accepted.)
How to do electronics recycling
Keep these points in mind as you start to gather your items for the Oct. 20 collection:
- There is an extensive list of items that will be accepted for secure electronics recycling. Take 2 also accepts electrical power and connector cords.
- The collection company “wipes” (erases) or destroys disc drives and other memory devices. Your information will be securely protected until it is removed from those devices.
- All you need to do is load your vehicle and drive up. Workers will unload your e-cycling items and place them in the proper bins. You don’t need to get out of your vehicle!
- This is not the same as “hazardous waste collection.” Do not bring smoke detectors or hazardous materials such as lighter fluid, liquids, or paint. They will not be accepted. These materials should be brought to general HazWaste collections.
- There is no charge to drop off your household electronics. The church is not receiving any compensation for providing the service.
Responsible electronics disposal
We are sponsoring this event because we have a mission concern.
Many of us hold on to old TVs, cell phones, sound equipment, and other items because they are not accepted in trash collection. Dumping these items into the landfill is a huge waste. It blights the creation in which we live.
We wanted to act. Rather than just saying, “Don’t trash your TV,” we want to give residents a safe alternative.
We hope you’ll agree and stop by on Saturday, Oct. 20 to take part in our “Bye–e!” event. We’ll do the work!