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Results from the First Electronics Recycling Day in Beacon

Results from Beacon's First Electronics Recycling Collection


On Saturday, July 23 over 300 cars came to City Hall in Beacon within 4 hours to drop off broken electronics for recycling. The massive turnout was unpredicted. The staff of Advanced Recovery Inc. which sponsored the event, handled the influx marvelously despite the 90 degree heat. The event was organized by Zero to Go, and co-sponsored by the City of Beacon, the Mayor's office, and the Conservation Advisory Committee. 

A sea of TVs, monitors, and miscellaneous electronics to be recycled

People who dropped off their items were relieved to have a place to bring them locally for responsible recycling. Some had seen the signs that went up in Beacon on Thursday and scrambled to get ready, and many had heard of the event weeks beforehand through media outlets and local businesses. Most were from Beacon, and others came from Fishkill, Wappingers Falls and Newburgh. One couple came all the way from Forestburgh, an hour west of Beacon. Over 20,000 pounds of electronics were collected.

Zero to Go will be organizing a future event in Beacon with the continued support of the City of Beacon, the Mayor's office, and the Conservation Advisory Committee. For more information, please visit

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Comment by Sarah Womer on August 4, 2011 at 9:08pm

Martha and Mark, I hear your concerns. Advanced Recovery has a great history and a clean record, and have been in operation since 1991. Call my contact Bob Travers and he'll be happy to answer your questions: (845) 733-8172.

The best way to totally destroy a hard drive: use a hammer. This is what I've heard!

On the cellphone front, there will be boxes soon at the Beacon Natural Market, and the Coffee Shoppe. I'm going to see if the DMV and City Hall will also agree to have boxes. I'll post a notice when they're in place.

Comment by Martha on August 3, 2011 at 5:05pm
oh -- and cell phone drop boxes?  Brilliant!!
Comment by Martha on August 3, 2011 at 5:03pm

Hi Sarah -- Pretty sure they all will work, but I'm not sure if the power cords are still around.  Is that a problem?


Also -- does anyone know how to REALLY erase the content of a laptop that is, for all intents and purposes, defunct?


Mark -- I'm pretty ignorant of these things, but I was under the impression that these electronics were somehow disassembled and materials/components were recycled into new pieces (i.e.: all plastic recycled to plastic, metal recycled, toxic elements like heavy metals extracted and re-processed, etc...).  Is this terribly naive?  what really does happen?

Comment by Sarah Womer on July 29, 2011 at 10:52pm

Mark, good points. Let's try to use less, and share resources with each other, and work towards better & more local processing methods.

Martha, do you have cellphones that work? I'm going to work on getting cellphone drop boxes in town in support of the Tri-County Crisis Center (new to Beacon)! The Center gives cellphones that work to domestic violence victims. Hang tight while I get them set up! If you have broken phones, the next electronics day around here is October 9.


Thank you all for your support!

Comment by Mark Roland on July 29, 2011 at 12:58pm

Holy Cow! That's what happens when the powers that be declare certain technologies to be obsolete. Great job Sarah and


I know a lot of this stuff ends up in third world countries due to all the toxins contained in e-waste. That article was published almost ten years ago, but even today only a very small portion of this type of recycling ends up being processed in the U.S.


Man we go through a lot of crap in our lifetimes. Maybe instead of shipping it over, tossing it out, we should be forced to either share or pass along to someone who really wants and needs it, or store and keep every single thing we use during our time here....

Comment by Martha on July 29, 2011 at 12:55pm
I missed the last one and have a bazillion things to recycle (remember those fake palm pilot things called handspring visors?  Yeah, I got it).  Plus cell phones ranging in size from Alaska to sorta small-ish.  So Pleeeeease!  Hook a girl up!
Comment by Ben Royce on July 28, 2011 at 3:42pm
Excellent! ;-)

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