Rapidly advancing technology causes computers to become obsolete quickly, leaving owners unsure of how to dispose of them.
Putting discarded computers into a landfill is not a good decision because they can emit toxic chemicals as they decay, said Cheryl Wynn, a member of the Central Savannah River Area Environmental Science Education Cooperative, which sponsored an electronics recycling day Saturday at Fort Discovery.
"We were looking for a program with recycling," she said.
Computers, printers and other electronic components were brought by the truckload. One man said he recently purchased a house that was full of abandoned computer equipment.
The organization's first recycling day was held in January, Ms. Wynn said. More than 2,600 pounds were collected.
In addition to the items individuals brought to the site, Ms. Wynn had arranged for the pick up of larger quantities of outmoded electronics from area hospitals and doctors' offices.
Creative Recycling, which has offices in Atlanta and Tampa, Fla., handles the recycling of the electronics. The company will destroy the hard drives and reduce the other components to pellets that can be used in the manufacturing of other products, she said.
Ms. Wynn said the electronics recycling events will be held twice a year.
The organization has several members including Fort Discovery, Fort Gordon's environmental division and Phinizy Swamp Nature Park.
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