The Otter Tail County Solid Waste Department is offering a one-time free e-waste (electronics) collection event for county residents on Saturday, June 15 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Electronic devices should not be disposed of in the garbage, and this one-time event will help Otter Tail County residents correctly dispose of electronic devices.
During the event Otter Tail County residents can bring up to five e-waste items to an Otter Tail County Transfer Station (Fergus Falls, Pelican Rapids, Northeast, Henning and Battle Lake Transfer Stations) for free disposal. Acceptable e-waste items include TVs, VCRs, computers and computer accessories, cell phones, printers, fax machines, and satellite/cable receivers. Items from businesses or previously salvaged e-waste will not be accepted. Those dropping off items should be prepared to show proof of Otter Tail County residence at the collection.
Electronics are a growing waste category with 11.7 million tons per year in the US for the most recent data available. This is not surprising, considering how quickly a new device becomes obsolete. Less than a third of e-waste is recycled, even though almost all of it is recyclable. Electronics should never be disposed of in the garbage because they contain precious metals that are critical to produce new electronics, and heavy metals such as lead that contaminate the environment if they are not disposed of properly. All the components from e-waste are separated for recycling, providing the raw materials to make new products.
For more information please call the Solid Waste Office at 218-998-4898, or for a list of collection locations and addresses visit the Otter Tail County Solid Waste Department website at ottertailcountymn.us/solid-waste.