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Got e-waste? Event offers easy disposal

An upcoming collection from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, May 5, at Hudson Prairie Elementary School's parking lot, 1400 Carmichael Road, offers drive-through convenience for Pierce and St. Croix county residents.

People pay a cash-only fee to get rid of old computers, TVs, phones and other electronic devices.

The nonprofit organization St. Croix Valley Habitat for Humanity has its office in River Falls and serves all of Pierce and St. Croix counties.

In 2011, SCVHFH's ReStore in New Richmond began accepting electronic waste during business hours. That led to the idea for Habitat to hold a one-day electronics recycling event.

It partners with the Hudson School District R3 program, aiming to raise awareness about proper electronics disposal, make it easy for people to unload e-waste and raise funds for the SCVHFH's work in Pierce and St. Croix counties.

The nonprofit partners with low-income families to build decent, affordable housing.

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@t:Habitat's ReStore manager Andy Scheiderer said the event will work the same this year as it did last year.

Organizers picked Hudson elementary school for its ample parking lot and central location.

As drivers pull up to one of two stations, volunteers unload their electronics and calculate the fees they owe.

Scheiderer emphasizes that people's payment also needs to go green that day: "Bring cash, bring cash, bring cash," he said.

He mentions a few other things "bringers" should know about the day:

--Residential e-waste only (businesses can call for an appointment or pick up)

- Rain-or-shine event

- No appliances accepted

- Prices range from $5 to $25 per item

- $5 each for TVs smaller than 7 inches, DVD players, fax machines, printers, all phones, VCRs and cameras

- $10 each for monitors, laptops and microwaves

- $15 each for TVs measuring 7-20 inches and for computers

- $20 each for TVs measuring 21-30 inches

- $25 each for TVs 31 inches or larger

- $5-$25 for miscellaneous items based on size

Those working the event last year said it generated enough e-waste to fill three and a half 18-wheeler trucks.

Scheiderer said filling two trucks in 2012 would indicate a successful event.

A small portion of proceeds are shared with the school district's recycling program and to pay the recycling partner hauling away the e-waste, but most funds raised at the event benefit SCVHFH.