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Grant helps tackle e-waste

The Environmental Services Division of Public Works, formerly the Wastewater Treatment Division, was awarded a grant from the Duluth Superior Area Community Foundation to help reduce electronic waste and promote pollution prevention.

The Environmental Services Division of Public Works, formerly the Wastewater Treatment Division, was awarded a grant from the Duluth Superior Area Community Foundation to help reduce electronic waste and promote pollution prevention.

Electronic waste is the largest growing hazardous waste today. It is filling our landfills at a staggering rate.

All electronic equipment needs to be recycled the end of its life. It contains materials that are harmful to the environment and human health when landfilled or incinerated.

It is estimated that 40 million computer systems become obsolete in the United States annually, but only 15 percent are recycled.

With the $7,500 grant the city will be able to provide information to households and small businesses on how to recycle used and unwanted electronics. A portion of the funding will also go toward educating our youth on how to correctly reuse or recycle common everyday electronic devices. This message will be brought directly to area classrooms with posters and presentations.

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The city is planning a reduced-cost recycling event to coincide with Douglas County's annual CleanSweep 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. June 16 at the Douglas County Fairgrounds. Items that will be accepted during the event include computers, laptops, printers, monitors, scanners, VCRs, televisions, cameras and cell phones. Part of the grant will be used to help offset recycling costs to all participants.

For more information, call Jane at the Environmental Services Division at 394-0392.

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