E-waste piles up around office closets and garage corners as people often lack a suitable place to dispose of it.


Saturday, residents can get rid of broken or obsolete electronics and help a freshman bandie raise money for next year's band trip at the same time.


Allison Haselhorst and her dad Eric will be collecting old electronics for recycling March 17 from 8 a.m. to noon in the Knights of Columbus parking lot at 800 W. Frontview.


The family incorporates recycling in their daily lives and Allison appreciates merging it with raising funds for the band trip.


"Recycling is a good, healthy way to get rid of trash and turn it into something good," she said. "I feel pretty good about it."


Haselhorst is able to accept a wide variety of e-waste for recycling from batteries, cell phones and old cameras, to obsolete digital equipment like monitors and routers. Hard drives from computers will be destroyed or taken out on-site.


She can not take the old tube or projection televisions. Much e-waste is not accepted at landfills so this can be a chance to unload electronic junk the right way.


Eric said he was looking for a way to expand the recycling efforts at his job at the Catholic Chancery and was told about fundraiser opportunities through Archway Recycling in Scott City.


"Personally I am a big recycler," Eric said. "I think it's very important and I believe in it. We're glad to pick it and keep it out of the landfill."


Allison and her dad have been promoting the idea for a couple weeks with flyers and on social media and have received good response. They're already set to pick up a large load of old computers and phone systems from Dodge City Community College today, as well as e-waste from the Depot Theater and Maurice's.


They'll also be hauling a trailer around to pick up items from several people wanting to dispose of items in an environmentally safe manner but can not make it Saturday.


"It's cool to see so many people helping out," Allison said.


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