City helping CHaRM recycle electronics
Last Updated: 15:38 September 26, 2013
The CHaRM, as it's called, will take the flood-damaged items beginning Saturday, Sept 28 through Saturday, Oct. 5.
The list of items the center can take to recycle includes small appliances, refrigerators, freezers and air conditioners, scrap metal, large durable plastics and white block Styrofoam. The CHaRM is a $500,000-per-year program run by Eco-Cycle, a Boulder nonprofit group.
The city of Boulder will pay for the weeklong collection of flood-damaged items, according to a press release. It could cost $10,000, based on a typical week of drop-off fees generated at the CHaRM, said Dan Matsch, manager of Eco-Cycle. The city hopes to get at least some of the cost covered by the Federal Emergency Management Agency, said Sarah Huntley, a city spokeswoman. Otherwise, the city may draw from its emergency reserve account, Huntley said.
Matsch is encouraging flood victims to bring their items on weekdays if possible to avoid longer waits on the weekend. A larger crew will staff the center this weekend to make things go as smoothly as possible, he said.
"We're just trying to see if we can get this stuff recycled rather than sent to the landfill, because so much (flood-damaged) stuff is going to the landfill right now," Matsch said.
The expanded drop-off site is at 5030 "old" Pearl St., one block north of Pearl Parkway off of 49th Street. The center will be open during its regular hours - 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Saturday.
CHaRM workers ask that the items be cleaned of mud and not contain excess water. The drop-off is on the honor system, Matsch said.
"We have to trust people. Boulder believes in karma, so it's up to people not to abuse this offer by the city," Matsch said.
CHaRM does not accept wet paper or books, which must be composted or taken to a landfill. The center also does not accept wet clothing or plastic bags. Visit www.ecocycle.org/charm for recycling guidelines and a more detailed list of items that CHaRM accepts.
Hazardous waste cannot be recycled at CHaRM and must be recycled at the Boulder County Hazardous Waste Management Facility at 1901 63rd St. Visit www.bouldercounty.org/env/hazwaste for information on hours and acceptable items.
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