PUEBLO, Colo. (KKTV) – More than 300 people came out Saturday morning to recycle their electronics in Pueblo. The Pueblo Department of Public Health and Environment teamed up with Blue Star Recycling for the event and says about 35,000 pounds of electronic waste was received.
Audra Leturgez, the communications specialist at PDPHE, says this event was important for the community because they are trying to reduce these types of items from being illegally dumped in the community or going to the landfill.
“It is important to have this event just because these items are showing up on our streets, they’re showing up on people’s property. By allowing people to bring their items to this event today, not only is it deviating from illegal dumping, it’s deviating from these items going to the landfill where it’s actually illegal to be taken. We’re just trying to protect the health and environment of the county,” she told 11 News.
Items that were able to be donated included video players, cables, cords, power supplies, camcorders, cameras, computers, copiers, gaming systems, keyboards/mouse, printers, radios, routers, and televisions.
If you were not able to make it out to Saturday’s event, there is year-round recycling across Pueblo. The city has more information on its website.
PDPHE is not sure if they plan to have any events like this in the future, but will keep the community informed through their Facebook page.
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