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Sep 6, 2012 9:21 AM by David Jay - Q2 News

Billings business and city offer free e-waste recycling

BILLINGS - A local business and the City of Billings are teaming up to minimize the city's electronic waste footprint.

The electronics recycling program kicked off Saturday. Wednesday, Yellowstone E-Waste Solutions made its first pick-up from the Billings Landfill.

Over the last five days people have dropped of about 2,000 pounds of recyclables.

Brandon Fox, owner of Yellowstone E-Waste Solutions, said the arrangement will make it easier for residents to recycle their old electronics.

Fox's company and the city of Billings will recycle Billings residents' old electronics for free.

"I think it's general knowledge now that people understand that throwing away computer monitors [and] TV's, they contain hazardous chemicals, metals," said Barb Butler, environmental compliance director for the city of Billings regional landfill. "It's not good for the environment."

The recycling will reduce trash in the landfill about 10 percent, according to the city. It also decreases the amount of hazardous materials.

"A typical computer monitor contains seven pounds of lead," Butler said. "And then all the circuitry, the electronics rare earth's precious metals, chromium cadmium, mercury."

Yellowstone E-waste sorts through the materials and then sends it to California.

And a lot of the recycled goods will eventually be reused.

"Almost the entire unit is recyclable," Fox said. "It gets put back in a lot of cases into new electronics.

"We're hoping that this program will encourage people to recycle because there's no reason not to," Butler said.

The free service is available only to residents of Yellowstone, Carbon, Treasure, Musselshell and Stillwater Counties.

You can take your old electronic products for recycling to the Billings Regional Landfill at 5240 Jellison Road, from 8:30 am to 5:00 pm, seven days a week. During the winter, the landfill is closed on Sundays.

Another drop-off is at Yellowstone E-Waste Solutions at 15 North 15th Street, Wednesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

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