Bring Out Your Dead (Electronics, Batteries, etc.)

You’ve been saving up your toxic household recycleables all year, right? Well now’s the time to let them go. This weekend  Sustainable Hudson Valley is collecting old computers, electronics, and batteries at its offices in Kingston. It’s open to all, and the fee is $10 per carload. Check the Hudson Valley Green event calendar for details, make a picnic lunch, get together with people on your block, bring out your dead stuff, and carpool on over.

Also coming is a Household Hazardous Waste Day, run by the Dutchess County Resource Recovery Agency. They will take the same list of electronics, again to be handled by Advanced Recovery, Inc. plus a whole list of household nasties, including compact fluorescent lights and fluorescent tubes, photo chemicals, non-latex driveway sealer, pool chemicals, flammable liquids,  oil & lead based paints,  and many more uglies. (No latex-based paint, oil, or batteries.) Cost is five bucks for a drop-off. Residents in Beacon have organized a community collection point.

Of course the ultimate goal is to do away with recycling altogether, through practices such as sustainable design and business models that employ ideas like products of service, described here by William McDonough & Michael Braungart, the authors of “Cradle to Cradle”:

Products of service are durable goods, such as carpets and washing machines, designed by their manufacturer to be taken back and used again. The product provides a service to the customer while the manufacturer maintains ownership of the product’s material assets. At the end of a defined period of use, the manufacturer takes back the product and reuses its materials in another high-quality product. Widely practiced, the product-of-service concept can change the nature of consumption as human systems powered by renewable energy reuse valuable materials through many product lifecycles.

3 Responses to Bring Out Your Dead (Electronics, Batteries, etc.)
  1. Dakin Roy
    March 25, 2011 | 12:27 pm

    Hi – The title of the post says “Bring Out Your Dead (Electronics, Batteries, etc.)”, but then inside the post says “and many more uglies. (No latex-based paint, oil, or batteries.)” If they don’t take batteries, you may want to remove that from the title…


    • admin
      March 25, 2011 | 2:48 pm

      Hi Dakin. The first event, this weekend at Sustainable Hudson Valley in Kingston, does in fact take any and all batteries. The second event run by Dutchess County Recovery, only takes small button size batteries. Sorry for any confusion.

  2. Dakin Roy
    March 25, 2011 | 4:32 pm

    Fair enough, thanks for the clarification…


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