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E-waste event April 19

Keep Van Buren Beautiful will hold its annual Spring E-Waste Event on Saturday, April 19, as part of the Great American Cleanup.

Volunteers will begin collecting electronic waste only at 9 a.m. at the Van Buren School District Service Center at 2804 Industrial Park Road.

Collection will continue until the 53-foot semitrailer used for the event is full, said John Pope of Keep Van Buren Beautiful. The truck often fills before noon, he said.

Volunteers from the Van Buren High School football team will be helping collect the e-waste during the event. Area residents can drop off electronics such as computers, cell phones, gameplayers, televisions and old office equipment.

Electronics from businesses and hazardous materials, such as refrigerants, microwaves or radioactive materials, will not be accepted.

Once full, the semitrailer, supplied by GREENSource Recycling, will take the electronic waste to a GREENSource recycling center in Clarksville.

Eventually the electronics go on to Unicor Recycling Factory in Texarkana, where they are either refurbished and resold, or dismantled and sorted for other forms of recycling, Pope said.

As part of the e-waste event, USA Truck will offer a pickup service of electronic waste for the elderly and disabled.

Several trucks and crews from USA Truck in Van Buren will pick up recyclable electronics from homebound individuals and take them to the drop site, said Ernie Schimmelmann of Keep Van Buren Beautiful.

Pick up will be limited to locations within Van Buren city limits, said Wayland Parker, human resources manager with USA Truck. Items will be picked up on the day of the e-waste event from 8 a.m. to noon.

Those who would like to be put on the route must call Schimmelmann at (479)461-2008 by Friday, April 18. The items need to be ready for pick up, he said.

A clean up the city park will be held at 10 a.m. in conjunction with the e-waste event, with VBHS football team volunteers.

Unused glasses will also be collected at the service center in conjunction with the Van Buren Lions Club to be recycled for use by disadvantaged individuals, Pope said.

For other information, call Pope at (479) 410-2261. A full list of accepted items can be found at unicor.gov.

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