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DeKalb County Recycles Quarter-Ton of Electronics in a Year

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DEKALB, Ill. (AP) — DeKalb County communities recycled more than a quarter-ton of computers, TVs and other electronics since it hired a new company to handle “e-waste” a year ago.

Officials say New Life Electronics Recycled in Oswego provides statistics unavailable from a previous contractor.

The (DeKalb) Daily Chronicle reports the company rotates pickup sites among DeKalb, Genoa (JEHN’-oh-wuh), Sandwich, Sycamore and Waterman.
DeKalb collected the largest amount _ more than 234,000 pounds _ and saw a jump in junked TVs after the new year.

Mark Espy is DeKalb’s assistant director of public works. He says post-Christmas disposals are television-heavy because of Santa’s generosity

New Life president Matt Gatz says hardware from the items is salvaged, leaving a bounty of “precious matters” such as plastic, copper, aluminum, glass and lead.

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