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Televisions can now be added to the growing list of recyclables accepted by the Haywood County Solid Waste Department.

County residents can bring their old television sets to the Haywood County Materials Recovery Facility in Clyde anytime during normal operating hours. The televisions will be collected for recycling, similar to the electronics recycling program started May 2007.

“The contractor we’re working with will be able to recycle almost all the parts of the televisions,” said Solid Waste Director Stephen King. “The glass will be crushed so the lead can be taken out, all the plastic will be recycled, and, of course, all the electronics.”


In Fiscal Year 2007-08, Haywood County generated 54 tons of recycled electronics. King said he expects the addition of televisions to significantly add to that total. However, the addition of televisions will not add to the revenue generated by recycling electronics, King said.


“Typically, it costs money to recycle televisions, but based on the strength of our electronics recycling program, the contractor we’re working with is going to take the televisions for free,” King said.


The electronics program generated about $2,000 in revenue for the Solid Waste Department in FY 2007-08. The program also saved more than $4,000 by not putting the material in the landfill, King said.


“Every ton of material that goes into the landfill costs an average of $80,” King said.


Electronic items accepted for recycling include old computers, monitors, printers and keyboards, the MRF will also accept VCRs and DVD players, small peripherals (such as cameras, PDAs and other devices that can be plugged into a computer), phone equipment, video/audio equipment, network equipment and test equipment. These items are only accepted at the Materials Recovery Facility in Clyde, not at the 10 Convenience Centers.


In November, the Solid Waste Department also added used cooking oil and household batteries to the list of recyclables.


Used cooking oil is accepted at the 10 convenience centers and the MRF to support two biodiesel demonstration projects now getting underway at Haywood Community College. The oil will be processed and used as a fuel source for diesel vehicles.


Citizens can also bring household batteries to the convenience centers and MRF to be recycled. The batteries should be kept inside out of the weather, King said.


The county also recycles the following items:

 
  • Aluminum cans
  • Catalogs, magazines, newspapers, telephone books, third class mail and other paper products, such as grocery bags
  • Corrugated cardboard and household cardboard boxes (cereal, cracker, cake mix)
  • Plastic bottles and jugs
  • Steel cans
  • Clear, green and amber glass bottles and jars
  • Used motor oil is accepted at the 10 convenience centers.

The Materials Recovery Facility is open from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Saturday. To find the convenience center nearest you, or for tips on recycling, contact the Haywood County Solid Waste Department at 828-627-8042, or visit the county web page, www.haywoodnc.net.

The Solid Waste Department, MRF, White Oak Landfill and Convenience Centers will be closed for the holidays on Christmas Day and New Year’s Day.

For more information, contact:
David Teague, Public Information Officer
Haywood County
828-452-7305; 828-400-9691 or
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