Residents can drop off electronic recyclables — typically anything that contains a circuit board or needs a battery — from 8 a.m.-noon at the highway maintenance garage, 1 Collis Street., on the four designated e-waste drop-off days in 2018: March 10, June 9, Aug. 11 and Oct. 13.
Anything that has refrigerant, including air conditioners and dehumidifiers, is not accepted. Those items are considered white goods, and residents are asked to put them out for pickup on their weekly curbside collection days.
The city is partnering with Take 2 Inc. of Waterbury, a state-approved recycler and collector of universal e-waste devices, to collect residential electronic items on a quarterly basis. The collection is free for residents who have such items as TVs, hand-held video games, computers, monitors, copiers, scanners, microwaves, toaster ovens and other small appliances.
Residents do not need to remove and destroy computer hard drives before dropping them off.
“Take 2 protects your data through procedures set forth by the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) and the U.S. Department of Defense (DOD). We’ll wipe it, magnetize it or physically demolish it to ensure that your data is completely destroyed.”