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Two Aspen events aim to recycle old electronics

Andre Salvail
The Aspen Times
Aspen, CO Colorado

ASPEN – Got a 1998 computer monitor you’re using as a doorstop? The city of Aspen has a plan for it.

Through two separate initiatives scheduled for Friday and Saturday, any businesses or individuals wanting to get rid of old electronic equipment – including laptops, monitors, phones, keyboards, stereos, fax machines and the like – can pay a discounted rate for their environmentally friendly disposal. The city is promoting the effort and has teamed up with the Denver office of Metech Recycling to do the heavy lifting.

“There’s always a need for electronic recycling events because people go through electronics so fast,” said Jannette Whitcomb, city environmental health specialist. “People buy a lot of new stuff every year, and the old stuff tends to accumulate.”

On Friday, Metech will pick up discarded electronics at local businesses between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. Appointments must be made Thursday by calling Metech’s John Miller at (303) 667-8555, or by e-mailing Karen Therrell at

“They’ll come right to your door,” says Whitcomb. The charge for the service is 19 cents per pound, about the same discounted price one would pay to bring such items to the Pitkin County landfill, she said.

The Saturday event is targeted toward residents and will run from

9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Rio Grande parking lot on the corner of Mill Street and Rio Grande Place, next to Community Bank. Residents can bring their old electronics to the site and pay to have Metech haul it off.

There is a set rate for each type of item: for projection TVs, the disposal cost is $1 per diagonal inch; TVs and monitors over 20 inches, $10; TVs and monitors under 20 inches, $5; computer processing units, laptops and other small electronics, $2.

Both initiatives have been held annually for the last five years, Whitcomb said. “Every year, we get a great turnout,” she said.

More than 95 percent of all materials will be fully recycled for remanufacture. No recycled materials will be incinerated, sent to a landfill or shipped abroad to be dumped, according to Metech. Refrigerators, air conditioners and mercury thermostats won’t be accepted, the company said.

Electronics contain heavy metals, precious metals and other materials that are not good for the landfill,” Whitcomb said.

“Electronics are considered a hazardous waste once they are at the landfill,” she said. “They make a toxic goo.”

For more information, call Whitcomb at (970) 920-5069 or visit

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