Rush hour recycling yields 40 tons of old electronics


Indianapolis - A local recycling effort has brought in 40 tons of old electronics and cardboard.

Hoosiers dropped off the computers, printers, keyboards, hard drives and televisions Thursday morning at the final "rush hour recycling" event for the fall. Organizers say the program has been very popular.

Workers dismantle the electronics and recycle every component, including the plastic, glass and metal.

"Recycling electronics is especially important because some electronics have toxic materials. For instance, televisions that have been dropped off today that we're collecting have lead tubes. Those lead tubes need to be disposed of properly rather than putting them in a landfill where that lead can get into our ground water," said Renee Sweany, Green Piece Indy.

You can recycle old televisions and computer equipment until 4:30 pm today at 754 North Sherman Drive, Suite 220 in Indianapolis. If you can't make it today, you can drop off items at Indianapolis' new permanent recycling center.