Sedalia citizens have a new option when it comes to recycling, as the residential electronic waste drop-off service is now open.
The e-waste drop-off site is located at the Materials Management Site at 27882 state Route U and opened for citizens this week. The new offering is yet another option Public Works Director Brenda Ardrey has brought to Sedalia to help citizens recycle more.
“We’ve had lots of people asking to get rid of devices, it was a need from people in Sedalia,” Ardrey said. “Strangely it’s been microwaves, we thought it would be computer towers that people have replaced with tablets. Microwaves surprised us. I think part of them are already doing what we suggest, which is blank out your hard drive and see if a school needs it, a neighbor who doesn’t have one. We continue to encourage that. Always be sure you get your information off first, otherwise it’s always a good thing to continue to use it for its intended purpose.”
Ardrey said that for the most part, anything that has a cord can be recycled at the new site, including microwaves, personal computers (PCs), laptops, tablets, cell phones, printers, facsimile machines, keyboards, mice and cords, MP3 players, DVD and VCR players, video game consoles, stereos, radios and clocks.
Ardrey noted that only residential electronic waste will be accepted.
“We can’t take business waste,” she said. “If it’s e-waste from a household it’s residential, if it’s from a business it’s still considered hazardous waste because of lead elements. This is a residential program. We’re trying to take care of things that will come from households that would go into the landfill and help reduce our landfill cost.”
While recycling helps the environment, if citizens utilize the curbside recycling, recycling drop-off sites and the new e-waste drop-off, in theory less trash will go to the landfill and money saved can go toward other Public Works needs.
“There are enough electronics, when you go down the list, the more of those we can divert back to a recycler instead of sending it to the landfill the more we can drop our landfill bill,” Ardrey explained. “It reduces the cost of landfilling for the city and residents and the other piece is it keeps items out of the landfill and air space will last longer that way, a more sustainable and green process.”
The e-waste drop-off will be operated at no cost to the city, other than staffing the site to help residents unload their vehicle. According to a city news release, the e-waste container is funded through a grant from the West Central Missouri Solid Waste Management District and the Missouri Department of Natural Resources. As the covered container is filled, the district will pickup the material, also at no cost to the city.
There are two items that will only be accepted on a limited basis. The number of non-flat screen televisions and CRT-type computer monitors accepted each month will be limited due to the $40 disposal cost to the solid waste district. Citizens should contact Public Works to schedule drop-off of these units or to have it picked up through the city’s pick-up on demand service.
Residential electronic devices can be dropped off at the site between 7 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. seven days a week, excluding city holidays. For more information, call the Public Works Department at 660-827-3000 ext. 158.
Nicole Cooke can be reached at 660-530-0138 or @NicoleRCooke.