Arizona to Hold Statewide Tech Recycle Day

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The Grand Canyon State will look to prevent a supply of obsolete electronics from going to landfills by holding a statewide Tech Recycle Day on January 24.

Arizonans can visit any Data Doctors location that Saturday from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. to drop off computers and computer accessories, which will then be recycled by Westech Recyclers.

Accepted products include:

Although Arizona has a growing population, it has not yet established recycling laws for e-waste.

Although Arizona has a growing population, it has not yet established recycling laws for e-waste.

  • Computers
  • Main frames/servers
  • Printers
  • Audio/visual equipment
  • Telecom devices
  • Wires/cables
  • Batteries
  • Power strips

Televisions are absent from the accepted list, although they could see higher demand for recycling with the digital switch just a month away. If you’re looking to recycle a television or any other electronic, you can use Earth911 to find a local drop-off location or pick-up service.

“Excess waste in our landfills is a nationwide concern. It has been estimated that landfills are being filled with obsolete computer equipment now in as much quantity as they were being filled with old tires in the 1980’s,” said Tom Holland, business development manager, Westech Recyclers.

For those in the Phoenix area, Arizona’s largest city, there will be three additional drop-off points:

  1. Avnet Corporate Office
    2211 S. 47th Street, Phoenix, 85034
  2. Avnet Pecos Road Facility
    6700 W. Morelos Place, Chandler,  85226
  3. OneNeck Corporate Headquarters
    5301 N. Pima Road, Suite 100, Scottsdale, 85250

Arizona is the nation’s 20th largest state by population and the fastest growing state according to 2006 census data. However, the state currently has no legislation regarding electronics recycling.

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  1. Hi Trey,

    I moved back to Kingman AZ in 2003 and was mortified to discover that there are no “pick up at your home” recycle programs that this antiquated, backward thinking town has in place. Our local city council, planning and zoning, and board of supervisors have at least understood that a lot of the land around here needs to be cleaned up. There are thousands of properties around here that have junk cars, thrown out washing machines, abandoned mobile homes, junk, junk and more junk. But the milk jugs, plastic bags, glass jars, most of the stuff that people around here throw into their trash cans that go to the landfill (a sight for sore eyes in and of itself) have no where else to go. There is a place that you can take aluminum cans, yet they won’t accept cat food cans or lids. That disturbs me and I want to do something about it.

    People don’t have a lot of resources around here, we have a major “crack head” problem (they don’t care about anything but the next fix). Go out on a dirt road and find a decent place to camp and it’s FILTHY, littered with trash of all kinds. Awareness NEEDS to be raised in this town and the surrounding areas that our planet, our lands, our wildlife are valuable and all should be respected. What suggestions do you have for getting this town to be a little more progressive?

    Sincerely disgusted,

    Debbie

  2. The picture attached to this story is on Navajo Nation land – DineTah. Why put a picture of landscape that is not part of the State of Arizona?

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