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Electronics Recycling (Monday, January 5, 2009)

If you're anything like me, then you've spent most of the last decade (or more!) accumulating the latest in today's gadgets, all of which were obsolete by the time you got them out of the box. And you can't just throw the old stuff in the trash (even if you had that sort of self control), because you know it's just going to end up in land fill, or worse, in China. So, it turns out that Fairfax County is offering free recycling on Electric Sundays at the I-66 Transfer Station on West Ox Rd in Fairfax on January 11, February 8, and March 8. I have boxes of old modems and ancient Soundblasters and other museum-worthy pieces of electronics that need to go, to make way to newer museum-worthy pieces, and I may some day decide I will never again use.

The event is being run by Covanta Energy, Inc, which seems to have a fairly good reputation for converting waste to energy, and in a quick search, I wasn't able to find anything scandalous about them shipping their waste off to Asia to be stripped to its elemental components by starving children. If you have heard of anything like that, please leave a comment with sources... we don't want to spread evil, after all!

—Brian (1/5/2009 10:38 AM)
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