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Verizon’s Recycling Rally helps consumers go green

BY JOYCE MCKENZIE
Special Correspondent

Published:   |   Updated: February 5, 2014 at 11:47 AM

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TEMPLE TERRACE – With the holidays behind us, many of us are savoring the gifts and high-tech gadgets that Santa – and a few others – left under the tree.

But with our delight comes the dilemma of what to do with our old electronics and such that have been replaced with the new.

Verizon has a “go green” solution.

From 7:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Feb. 13, Verizon is hosting a Recycling Rally at the front circle entrance of its Temple Terrace facility at 7701 E. Telecom Parkway.

Verizon spokesman Robert Elek said it is part of his company’s commitment to protect and preserve the environment. Rather than ending up in landfills, items that are dropped off will be revamped and reused.

Suitable items for the recycling rally are glass, plastics, aluminum cans, computers, computer monitors, computer cables, mice, keyboards, printers, TVs, remote controls, phones, answering machines, and stereo and audio equipment.

Paper shredders, alarm clocks, cameras, small electronic appliances, microwave ovens, vacuums, and toys without batteries are also acceptable.

Unacceptable articles include any hazardous waste items such as batteries, inks, toners, mercury bulbs and anything containing fluid. Medical waste, radioactive materials, refrigerators and freezers also should not be dropped off at the site.

SHI Asset Recovery Services, Verizon’s partner in the recycling effort, will de-construct and separate the components of each item, send them to refiners and smelters, and eventually to manufacturers who will turn out new products from the recycled materials.

Randomly selected participants will take home Water-Go Green Kits that include energy-preserving reduced-flow shower heads, compact fluorescent light bulbs, tip wheels, and kitchen aerators.

Last year the recycling rally enticed more than 200 people to drop off more than 18,000 pounds of recyclable items.

“It’s great to see both consumers and businesses in the community responding to Verizon’s sustainability initiatives,” Elek said.

Call Elek at (813) 978-6786 or email him at bob.elek@verizon.com for more information.

Joyce McKenzie can be reached at joycecmckenzie@gmail.com.

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