By EDWARD HUSAR
Herald-Whig Staff Writer
The Adams County Health Department is sponsoring an electronics waste collection April 27 at the agency's headquarters.
All electronic devices banned from Illinois landfills as of Jan. 1, 2012, will be accepted at no cost, including televisions and monitors of any size.
The Health Department has sponsored a half-dozen similar events over the past 2 1/2 years. "We've collected a lot of stuff," said Leo Mueller, an environmental sanitarian.
Mueller noted that 91,787 pounds of discarded electronics were collected at an event in October 2011, and 66,725 pounds were collected in June 2012. But after Quincy Recycle started collecting household electronics items last September at its facility, 526 S. Sixth, the Health Department's most recent collection in October 2012 drew a low of only 24,248 pounds.
Since then, however, Quincy Recycle announced it is no longer accepting televisions or monitors from consumers, though it will still accept those items for a fee from its commercial clients.
Mueller thinks the Health Department might see a surge in TV disposals this time -- especially large-screen models that are difficult to get rid of without being charged a fee. The department has contracted with a Romeoville recycler, Vintage Tech, to collect the items.
Health Department officials ask people planning to drop off items to call the Health Department at 222-8440 and make an appointment for a time to arrive. Mueller said this is needed to help control traffic along Third and Fourth streets, which are routes for U.S. 24.
"We don't want 200 people showing up at 8:30 waiting to be the first guy at 9 o'clock, because then you've got cars backed up for blocks on Third and Fourth streets, and the State Police aren't crazy about that," Mueller said.
"Usually, with very few exceptions, people are in and out of here within 10 minutes."
Mueller said the Health Department will accept all electronic devices now banned from landfills. These include televisions, monitors, printers, computers (laptop, notebook, netbook, tablet, desktop), electronic keyboards, fax machines, videocassette recorders, portable digital music players, digital video disc players, video game consoles, small scale servers, scanners, electronic mice, digital converter boxes, cable receivers, satellite receivers and digital video disc recorders.
In addition, the agency will accept many other small electronic items, such as blenders, bread makers, mixers, toaster ovens and power handtools.
However, the agency will not accept any "white goods" (refrigerators, dish washers, stoves, washers, dryers) nor will it accept any items containing freon, such as air conditioners or dehumidifiers.
Mueller also noted the Health Department has several collection boxes that can be used year-round for unwanted cell phones. The boxes are at the Health Department offices, Quincy's Central Services Department on Jennifer Lane and at John Wood Community College (across from the book store).