Recycle Old or Obsolete Electronic Devices with CRRA . . . and Clean Out Those Home File Cabinets, Too
CRRA Offers Paper Shredding at Five Electronics Collections
HARTFORD, Conn. – Now you can recycle more than just your old electronic devices with the Connecticut Resources Recovery Authority. CRRA has added bulk paper shredding and recycling to most of its residential electronics collections, so now you can recycle those old papers and other items with personal information that you don’t want to put in the trash, according to a news release.
Since CRRA began its electronics recycling program in 1999, more than 53,000 families have recycled more than 6.4 million pounds of electronics. But many residents, increasingly concerned with identity theft, asked CRRA how they could safely recycle their old papers.
CRRA has contracted with Cheshire-based Shred-It to provide this service. Residents of participating towns can bring Shred-It anything made of paper, especially items that could be used to steal an identity. Plastics must be removed before bringing the paper for recycling. In 2011, 1,222 families took advantage of the paper-shredding service.
“More and more people are telling us they just cleaned out their parents’ attic and have boxes of old paper to recycle but need it shredded,” explained Thomas P. Gaffey, CRRA’s head of recycling. “People need the peace of mind that personal information is safeguarded so we’re delighted to be able to offer this bulk shredding service, which will also save people the chore of running all that material through a small home paper shredder.”
For electronics, CRRA contracts with WeRecycle! to keep them out of the waste stream. WeRecycle! has earned e-Stewards Certification for adhering to standards written by the environmental community to protect human health and the global environment. WeRecycle! dismantles items into raw materials, such as copper, steel, aluminum, glass and plastic, and sells these materials to firms who turn them into new products.
These collections are open only to residents of towns that participate in CRRA’s Mid-Connecticut Project. Residents of other communities who want to recycle their electronics should call their local public works departments or electronics retailers or check with the Connecticut Department of Energy & Environmental Protection for other electronics recycling opportunities.
Electronics and paper from businesses will be turned away.
The spring schedule:
- Saturday, March 31, in Madison, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Hammonasset State Park, 1288 Boston Post Road. Electronics only – no paper will be accepted at this event.
- Saturday, May 5, in Southbury, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., at Southbury Town Hall, 501 Main Street South.
- Saturday, May 12, in Hartford, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., at the CRRA Trash Museum, 211 Murphy Road.
- Saturday, May 19 in West Hartford, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., paper shredding only at West Hartford Town Yard, 17 Brixton Street. No electronics will be accepted at this event.
- Saturday, June 9 in Enfield, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., at the Stanley Jablonski Public Works Complex, 40 Moody Road.
- Saturday, June 16 in Watertown, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., at the CRRA transfer station, Echo Lake Road (west of Exit 37, Route 8).
- Saturday, June 30, in Litchfield, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Litchfield High School, 14 Plumb Hill Road.
Additional collections may be scheduled. The complete schedule is always available at http://www.crra.org/pages/schedule_electronics.htm.
The Connecticut Resources Recovery Authority is a quasi-public agency whose mission is to work for – and in – the best interests of the municipalities of the state of Connecticut. CRRA develops and implements environmentally sound solutions and best practices for solid waste disposal and recycling management on behalf of municipalities. CRRA serves 93 Connecticut cities and towns. CRRA also runs sustainability education programs through the Trash Museum in Hartford. Computer users can also discuss CRRA at its blog, http://crra-blog.blogspot.com.