E-waste collection attracts a long line

NEW ULM – Brown County held a electronic waste drop-off site in the New Ulm Public High School parking lot Thursday.

A line of cars, trucks, and mini-vans waited patiently to disposed of junk electronic devices ranging from cellphones to washer/dryer units.

The cost for the disposal of the large items was $5. Smaller items, such as printers were taken for free. It was estimated that between 400 and 500 items were brought to the site within the first three hours.

Brown County Recycling Administrator John Knisley stated that the compared to similar events the turnout for this event was average. He added that household e-waste could now be disposed of at county landfill at the same rate.

Brown Count is working with South West Recycling to dispose of the items. The various e-waste items will be taken to South West Recycling facilities to be broken down for parts.

A fluorescent bulb collection is planned for Sept. 11 at Tauer’s Super Valu in Springfield from 10- 11 a.m.; Braun & Borth Sanitation in Sleepy Eye from noon to 1:30 p.m.; and at NU Steel & Recycling in New Ulm from 2:30-5 p.m.

On Sept, 25 a free household hazardous waste pick-up is scheduled at the Brown County Fairgrounds from 2-6 p.m.

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