Recycling festival coming to Fraser on Saturday
With the revolution of the flat screen TV, Michael Schurer of Michael’s Audio and Video, Fraser, has a mounting dilemma.As part of his service, Schurer will take an old TV off the hands of its owners if they buy a new TV from him. Back at his shop, he repairs and resells the old TVs for “next to nothing,” or he donates them to schools and other organizations. But due to the ones that can’t be repaired, a pile of electronic waste is growing against a wall in the back room of his shop. If he’s lucky, he can sell a vanload of the E-waste to someone from Mexico, who, across the border, will use parts to make other electronics function. That’s one way to recycle the equipment, he said.”At least it’s getting used for something useful.”Or, he can let the stuff pile up until an opportunity comes along to properly dispose of the E-waste, which can have mercury or lead that should be kept away from landfills.”I’ve always been into recycling,” Schurer said. “I love nature; I love the world we live in.”So Schurer contacted Karen Bloomfield of Valley Recycling, Parshall, and with the help of the Grand County Resource and Recycling Coalition, planned a free recycling event at the Alco Center in Fraser, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 29. There, Metech Recycling of Denver will be present to collect electronics and TVs. Metech de-manufactures the equipment at its facility in Denver, where data devices are shredded. The company then sorts useable materials and recycles all the plastics, metals and glass. Leaded glass is sent to another partner, which removes the lead and recycles it for use in car batteries, according to Allyson Weaver of Metech. The company takes pride in the fact that it does not ship materials overseas; rather, it keeps materials for recycling in the state. Presently at a 97 percent recycling ratio, the company is working toward the 100 percent mark.Schurer, who is originally from Chicago and says he was always “disgusted” by the city’s growing landfills, plans to haul his pile of electronics to the event this weekend. Perhaps the event will be a way to “educate the client base to not just throw this stuff in the garbage,” he said.Recycling event in FraserThose who take part in the Fraser Valley free “Recycling Festival” this Saturday can dispose not only electronics, but car batteries, used oil, tires, scrap metal, appliances, cardboard, plastics, aluminum cans, glass and newspapers/ mixed papers.This event is a one-day reach to the residents in the Fraser Valley who have not yet had the chance to take part in the recycling events held weekly from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturdays in Granby at the Country Ace Hardware store.Grand County Resource and Recycling Coalition board member Katie Reimenschneider says the recycling days are only being made possible through the work of Valley Recycling and with the help of volunteers.But the pool of volunteers has been shrinking, and help is needed, she said.”We’re trying to create some sustainability and recycling in the county,” Reimenschneider said. “But to keep this growing and to grow upon it, we need volunteers.”High school students needing community service, or those people using the free service and who want to see it continue can sign up to volunteer on the Coalition’s website: http://www.thegrrc.org.
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