November 8, 2005
By MONICA POLANCO, Courant Staff Writer
Nick Perfito says he sees it all the time - outdated electronics
placed at the curb, destined for a landfill.
"Everybody's throwing these TVs away, and that's what
needs to be addressed," said Perfito, manager of the Stereo
Store in Hartford. "Someone should be addressing this
problem as soon as possible."
Local officials are offering a remedy.
On Saturday,residents in 70 cities and towns in Connecticut
will be able to dispose of their household electronics free
of cost as part of an ongoing recycling program run by the
Connecticut Resources Recovery Authority in Hartford. The event
will be held on America Recycles Day, a national event to encourage
Residents from towns such as Hebron, Manchester, Old Lyme,
Enfield, Glastonbury, Manchester, West Hartford, Ellington,
Wethersfield and Hartford may drop off their electronics from
9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the CRRA Visitors Center and Trash Museum,
211 Murphy Road in Hartford.
Electronics can contain harmful chemicals such as mercury,
lead and lithium. A contractor will recycle and dispose of
the electronics, said Paul Nonnemacher, a spokesman for the
CRRA, a quasi-public agency that serves municipalities.
About half the phone calls CRRA receives seek to know when
the recycling program will be offered, Nonnemacher said.
"There is such a huge demand for this, and I think it's
also important to point out to the credit of the people of
Connecticut that they understand this stuff shouldn't go in
the garbage," Nonnemacher said.
During an Oct. 1 collection, for example, a Guilford resident
drove for more than an hour to drop off electronics in Torrington.
Residents from 23 towns participated in the event.
The program, which serves most of the state, began in 1999
as a way to stanch the flow of electronics headed to landfills
and trash-to-energy plants. CRRA estimates that the program
prevented more than 2 million pounds of electronics from being
In the past, when Perfito's customers would ask for suggestions
on getting rid of televisions, he would tell them they'd be
lucky if they could donate them to a church.
Just on Wednesday, someone offered to pay Perfito to take
an unwanted 35-inch analog television.
"It's garbage," Perfito
Now, he said, he'll refer them to the CRRA program.
"That's a great idea," he
To find out which towns are participating in the recycling
event, visit http://www.crra.org/pages/press.htm or call 860-757-7700.
Residential electronics include computers, batteries, cellphones
and fax machines. Proof of residency will be required. Commercial
electronics will not be accepted.
CRRA's trash museum in Hartford and its garbage museum in
Stratford - 1410 Honeyspot Road Extension - will offer free
admission from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday as part of America
Recycles Day. For more information about the Hartford event,
call 860-757-7765. For information about the Stratford event,
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