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E-Scrap Workshops at General Butler, Natural Bridge

Participants will learn to manage electronic waste

The state Division of Waste Management’s Kentucky Recycling and Marketing Assistance Program is conducting e-scrap workshops at General Butler State Resort Park, Carroll County, on Feb. 22 and Natural Bridge State Resort Park, Powell County, on March 22.

Participants will get information on recycling and managing electronic scrap - “end-of-life” telephones and cell phones, TVs, computers and associated equipment, audio/stereo gear, videocassette recorders, DVDs and video game consoles. The sessions are open to individuals but are primarily geared toward  high-volume generators of electronic scrap, such as school systems.

Topics will include:

  • Hazardous waste issues concerning e-waste;
  • Reuse/recycling options;
  • Green purchasing;
  • Recycler qualifications; and 
  • How to hold a collection event.

Electronic appliances contain toxics that may be harmful unless properly handled. An estimated 70 percent of the heavy metals in landfill leachate come from e-scrap. Then there is sheer volume - electronics entering the waste stream each year measure in the millions. E-scrap is about 2 percent of the solid waste stream - 100,000 tons per year in Kentucky alone - and is the fastest growing waste category.

The workshops are free, but registration is required. Register online at www.waste.ky.gov, e-mail Melinda.Meredith@ky.gov or call the Division of Waste Management, (502) 564-6716, ext. 333. On the day of the workshop, participants should sign in at 8:30 a.m. local time. Sessions are 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

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