Paddock Lake to host electronic waste recycling May 19

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Don’t know what to do with your old computer or rabbit-eared television set? Have you been stockpiling outdated cell phones in your closet? Want to recycle your obsolete gadgets safely and properly?

Bring your old electronics to the Village of Paddock Lake’s free e-waste drop-off event on Saturday, May 19, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the parking lot of the Paddock Lake Village Hall, 6969 236th Ave., Paddock Lake. All residents of Kenosha County can bring electronic items to be recycled, including televisions, computer hard drives, monitors, laptops, printers, keyboards, scanners, fax machines, telephones, cell phones, DVD players, VCRs, stereos, and other devices.

Paddock Lake is working with Asset Recyclers, a certified e-waste collector, to ensure that all items will be recycled using best practices. This includes the destruction of any personal material, although it is always advisable to remove personal data before disposing of old electronics.

“We’re very pleased to offer a free e-waste collection in Paddock Lake, and we welcome everyone in the county to participate,” said Barb Brenner, village trustee and member of the village recycling committee.

According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, electronic waste is the fastest growing waste stream in the nation; every year, over 1.5 million tons of e-waste is dumped into American landfills. This e-waste can contain toxic substances, such as mercury, cadmium or lead, which can lead to the contamination of waterways, soils, and the environment in general. A Wisconsin law that took effect in 2010 bans certain electronics from landfills and incinerators, and while people may know they can no longer put these items in their trash cans, they may not know of many alternatives.

County Executive Jim Kreuser encourages residents to take advantage of the one-day collection event. “This is a great opportunity for people to dispose of all the unwanted electronics they’ve collected over the years,” said Kreuser. “It is also important for the protection of Kenosha County’s environment – recycling these electronics will ensure that a potentially toxic stream of waste is disposed of responsibly, rather than ending up in the local landfill.” If residents are unable to make this event, a recycling guide for Kenosha County is available on the UW- Extension website: For more information about the e-waste drop-off event on May 19, please contact the Paddock Lake Village Hall at 262-843-2713.


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