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Catawba County will offer its citizens a free opportunity to properly dispose of computers, televisions, other electronic devices and paints on Saturday March 2, 2013, from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m. at the Blackburn Landfill, off Highway 10 west of Newton. This will be the third of four collection days offered in this fiscal year.

Materials that will be accepted will include, but are not limited to, televisions, computers, laptops, batteries, microwaves, keyboards, mice, cables, printers, VCRs, DVD players, scanners, stereos, cell phones, telephones, copiers, pagers, calculators, fax machines, projection equipment, headphones, speakers, cameras, palm pilots, GPS units, iPods, MP3 players, power supplies, and movie and video equipment.

Paint will also be accepted at the March 2 collection.

To reach the Blackburn Landfill, travel to the intersection of Highway 10 and Hickory-Lincolnton Highway, then turn south onto Hickory-Lincolnton Highway and bear left onto Rocky Ford Road.

All data and data-bearing devices on electronic equipment will be destroyed. The County cannot guarantee the non-disclosure of any information left on equipment, so citizens bringing data-bearing devices are advised to make sure personal data is removed or erased.

“Catawba County will contract with an electronics recycling company that has received all certifications needed to comply with the requirements of the State of North Carolina, to make sure this equipment is properly recycled,” said Amanda Kain, Catawba County’s Waste Reduction Coordinator . “Electronic equipment of this type often contains materials that should not be released into the environment.”

One other electronic waste and paint collection will be held during this fiscal year on Saturday, May 4, 2013, also from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Blackburn Landfill at 4017 Rocky Ford Road, Newton.

The May 4 event will be held in conjunction with the County’s twice-a-year Household Hazardous Waste Collection days, during which all types of household hazardous waste will be accepted.

For more information, call the Blackburn Landfill at 704-462-1348 or the County Recycling and Waste Reduction office at 828-465-8217.