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West Hartford Offering Post-Holiday Cardboard and Electronic Waste Collection

Cardboard collection will be held at West Hartford's Yard Waste and Recycling Center. Courtesy photo

West Hartford’s Department of Public Works will offer a free post-holiday cardboard and electronic waste collection for three days between Christmas and New Year’s.

Electronics recycling will be held along with cardboard collection at West Hartford’s Yard Waste and Recycling Center. Courtesy photo

By Ronni Newton

West Hartford’s Department of Public Works will once again hold a special post-holiday cardboard and electronic waste recycling event, scheduled for the Department of Public Works Yard Waste and Recycling Center at 25 Brixton St.

This year’s collection is being spread out over three days, and no permits are required for drop off of either cardboard or electronic waste.

The collection will be held on Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday, Dec. 28, 29, and 30, from 7 a.m.-4:30 p.m.

The cardboard and electronics recycling event is open to West Hartford residents only (no commercial businesses), and is part of the town’s efforts to reduce waste and promote recycling in the community.

Take 2, Inc., a Waterbury-based electronics recycling company, will be on-site with Public Works to collect eligible items.

Residents dropping off cardboard and boxes are asked to bring only clean cardboard, break down or collapse boxes, remove all non-cardboard material (like styrofoam, wrapping paper, tape, packing material, and plastic), and to please not leave material on the ground outside the dumpster.

Cardboard is recycled into new, much needed products like boxes and tissue paper, West Hartford’s recycling coordinator Katherine Beer Bruns said.

Eligible electronics for the recycling event include desktop and laptop computers, printers, fax machines, monitors, TVs, cellphones, tablets, video games, game consoles, VCR/DVD Machines, remote controls, keyboards, and small appliances like toasters.

Strings of holiday lights are also eligible for electronics recycling, and should not be placed in the blue recycling barrel.

Public Works notes that the following items cannot be recycled at the facility: smoke detectors, ballasts, propane tanks, paint, household hazardous waste, and any appliances that contain freon such as air conditioners, refrigerators, and dehumidifiers.

“Thank you for helping the town meet its goals to reduce trash and increase recycling,” Bruns said.

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Boxes should be broken down before being dropped off for cardboard recycling. Courtesy photo

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