Businesses invited to drop off e-waste

Staff Report
Published May 5, 2014

Verizon is holding an electronics recycling rally Thursday at the company’s call center location in North Charleston.

Residents and businesses can bring by unwanted electronics (see list below) from 7:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the parking lot at 2401 Mall Drive. There’s no charge to dump off your stuff. The company said the second recycling rally to be held in North Charleston has a 0% landfill tolerance, which means every item’s material is sent down the manufacturing supply chain.

“Over the past four years, Verizon has collected over 1.5 million pounds of waste at these rallies,” the company said in a statement.

Last year in North Charleston, Verizon collected 17,213 pounds of electronic waste even though it was during a rain storm. Verizon expects to collect more this year.

Recycled items can include the following:

Glass, plastics and aluminum cans; laptop and desktop computers; TV picture tubes and LCD monitors and televisions; computer cables, mice and keyboards; gaming consoles; telephones and answering machines; stereo and audio equipment; paper shredders; alarm clocks; printers; cameras; conferencing equipment; remote controls; earphones; small electronic appliances, such as coffee makers, toasters, toaster ovens and can openers; microwave ovens; vacuum cleaners; and electronic toys without batteries.

Verizon emphasized that hard drives will not be wiped, so if you have concerns about securing your data, you should find a way to make it inaccessible before bringing hard drives to the e-waste rally. Also, all batteries should be removed prior to turning in any items.

Items that will not be accepted include:

Hazardous waste, such as batteries, inks, toners and mercury bulbs; units containing fluid, such as motors and pumps containing fluid; refrigerators and freezers; medical waste; and radioactive material, such as X-ray equipment.

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