January 7 free collection event to accept clean block foam, electronics
Vancouver, WA – With the presents unwrapped and holidays passed, Clark County residents can recycle leftover block foam and used electronic items from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., Saturday, Jan. 7, 2012, at the Fisher's Landing Transit Center, 3510 S.E. 164th Ave.
Empower Up, a local nonprofit that recycles electronics, will accept computers and other electronic equipment. Refurbished computers are given to students, families in need and nonprofit organizations.
Working electronic equipment no more than five years old is preferred, but nonfunctioning and obsolete equipment will be accepted. Do not bring televisions, computer monitors or microwave ovens. For a list of free e-waste disposal sites that accept old TVs, go to RecyclingA-Z.com.
Block foam packaging, or Styrofoam®, can be any color, but it must be clean and bagged or boxed. No plastic-wrapped yellow urethane foam, spongy polypropylene foam, hot tub covers, packing peanuts or foam with cardboard, tape or metal attached will be accepted.
Total Reclaim, a Portland recycling business, grinds and melts Styrofoam® into ingots, reducing the foam's volume by roughly 98 percent. The ingots are shipped to other processors and turned into pellets. The pellets have the same quality as new plastic and are used to manufacture picture frames, office products and other items.
Only residents of Clark County and its cities may participate in the free Jan. 7 collection. Participants must remain on site until staff has examined and accepted the material.
Businesses are eligible to bring in loads of foam no bigger than what will fit in a passenger or cargo van. Larger business loads should be taken to Total Reclaim, 6427 N.E. 59th Place, Portland, during the company's regular weekday hours.
Block foam also can be dropped off at the Empower Up Reuse Center, 5000 E. Fourth Plain Blvd. Take your block foam to the back of the store between 9 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday to be recycled.
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