Verizon Wireless to collect e-waste in free event Thursday

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Verizon is collecting old cell phones and accessories, among other forms of e-waste.
Verizon is collecting old cell phones and accessories, among other forms of e-waste.

The fourth Verizon Wireless electronic waste recycling event is happening Thursday, rain or shine.

The collection drive will be held at the Verizon Wireless Call Center parking lot, 3601 Converse Drive, from 7:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Thursday, May 14, according to John Dorn, project manager for Verizon’s Sustainability Group. Staff and volunteers will be available to help unload electronics from vehicles.

“It’s a perfect opportunity” to get rid of e-waste, Dorn said. Wilmington Mayor Bill Saffo will be on hand at the recycling event, as well.

Verizon Wireless hosts 8 to 10 recycling events each year at various locations across the country, Dorn said.

In March 2012, Wilmington hosted the largest e-waste recycling event to date, Dorn said. The event collected more than 86,000 pounds of e-waste, which filled seven semi-trailers full of recyclable materials.

“Our goal is to keep everything out of the local landfills,” Dorn said. All collected e-waste will be taken to Global Electric Electronic Processing, or GEEP, a recycling vender in Raleigh.

The company started the e-waste recycling events in November 2009, with a goal of collecting 2 million pounds of e-waste by 2015. Verizon Wireless is just 25,000 pounds away from meeting their 2 million pound goal, Dorn said.

“We expect to hit that in Wilmington next week,” he added.

Participants will be eligible for a free giveaway.

Eligible items include:

• Laptop/desktop computers
• LCD/CRT monitors
• Televisions
• Computer cables, mice and keyboards
• Gaming consoles
• Telephones and answering machines
• Stereo and audio equipment
• Paper shredders
• Aluminum cans
• Alarm clocks
• Printers
• Cameras
• Conferencing equipment
• Remote controls
• Ear phones
• Small electronic appliances
• Electronic toys
• Plastics
• Cell phones and accessories
• Glass
• Fax machines