CHAMPLAIN — You can’t just toss your old television in your car and then chuck it with the trash.
Computers don’t belong in a garbage bag beside wrappers and dirty diapers.
With the environment battered badly enough, special steps should be taken to dispose of such items, though in some cases this presents a difficulty to people.
Well, the Town of Champlain is making it easy with its new electronics recycling collection site.
“This is something we think will work well,” said Champlain Town Supervisor Larry Barcomb.
People can drop computers, televisions, scanners, typewriters, video game systems and more in the containers, for free.
And it is not costing the town anything either.
“We knew there was a need for this,” Barcomb said.
He said town officials recently received a call from Regional Computer Recycling and Recovery to see if the municipality would be interested in its services.
The company takes the lead role in disposing of electronic waste that is later recycled. Items it collects include computer equipment, televisions and miscellaneous electronics.
“The town and customers pay nothing,” Barcomb said. “They supply the portable enclosure.”
The enclosure is located near the Town of Champlain offices.
“We are allowing people to drop off electronic waste,” Barcomb said. “There are very few places where people can get rid of computers and televisions.”
And there are a lot of people who need to get rid of such items as they upgrade their computers and purchase new televisions.
“Televisions are selling like hot cakes,” Barcomb said. “I just got my first flatscreen a year and a half ago.”
The site has been in place for a couple weeks and already the company has picked up two full containers.
He pointed out that the containers are not for air conditioners, loose light bulbs, batteries or trash. Anyone can use it, but Barcomb hopes it is not abused.
“If they start having to pick garbage out of it, they won’t want it to be here.”