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Published May 03, 2014, 10:35 PM

Annual Electronics Recycling day allows Fargo residents to throw out old electronics

Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) - Spring cleaning season is here, and the City of Fargo is helping you get rid of those dusty old electronics if you're willing to wait. Cass County residents were lining up for blocks to get rid of old and used electronics.

By: Brian Abel, WDAY

Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) - Spring cleaning season is here, and the City of Fargo is helping you get rid of those dusty old electronics if you're willing to wait.

Cass County residents were lining up for blocks to get rid of old and used electronics.

Doing their part to keep toxic waste out of landfills, and making the annual Fargo Electronics Recycling event bigger each year.

Jennifer Pickett/City of Fargo, Recycling Coordinator: "Last year we filled 3 and a half semi-trailers with the electronics that we collected in a 5 hour period.”

The city expects that amount to rise this year.

From 9-2 today, anyone could recycle up to two computers, TV’s and other devices each at no cost.

They're then shipped to a facility in Blaine Minnesota, where they'll be recycled and disposed of properly, cutting down on our nation's toxic waste, 70 percent of which comes from electronics.

Pickett: "Lead in the glass, some chemicals in the tubes of the older TV’s. If that is out in a public area. Glass broken on the ground, you know families, children, pets are walking by that becomes a hazard."

Technologies from all eras were being dropped off here, from old TV boxes with the dials on them still, to VCR's and all the way up to the newest, flat screen TV’s.

Giving Cass residents a little extra room for their new equipment.

John Carrol: “I've already got a new computer this has just been laying around for quite a while collecting dust.”

If you weren't able to make it today, you can still get rid of unused electronics at Fargo's Household Hazardous Waste Facility.

It accepts one computer set and one television set per resident, per month.

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