Recycling Event in Colorado Springs Could Give New Life to 18 Tons of Electronic Waste

Colorado Springs residents contributed more than 36,000 pounds — about 18 tons — of no-longer-needed computers, electronic equipment and other items during Verizon’s recycling rally in the city. The rally is the third Verizon Wireless has hosted in Colorado Springs to help conserve resources and protect the environment.

The company has hosted recycling rallies across the country since 2009 to provide free recycling of electronics and other household materials. Since then, the rallies have collected more than 1.3 million pounds of so-called e-waste, helping Verizon toward its goal of surpassing two million pounds recycled by 2015.

Last month’s event was open to the public and drew more than 350 recyclers to the company’s Garden of the Gods facility.

“The response this year may have been even greater since Colorado residents can no longer dispose of most electronic waste in their household trash,” said John Dorn, employee engagement lead-Verizon Sustainability. “The change is the result of a new state law, the Electronic Recycling Jobs Act, which went into effect on July 1.”

All collected items — ranging from big-screen TVs to aluminum cans to mom’s clock radio — will be recycled or disposed of in an environmentally-friendly way. Collected cell phones and accessories were donated to Verizon’s HopeLine program. Through the program, reconditioned phones are sold and the proceeds fund non-profit agencies supporting domestic violence survivors.