Electronics recycling event at Newport High School

Newport High School Robotics Club members are pictured with some of the materials that will be accepted at their Earth Week Electronics Recycling event, set for 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, April 26 and 27. (Courtesy photo)

The Newport High School Robotics Club and Thompson’s Sanitary Service are hosting Earth Week Electronics Recycling on Friday and Saturday, April 26 and 27. 

The event will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. both days, and will be in the east campus parking lot (toward the athletic field) of Newport High School, 322 NE Eads St.

With more than two billion computers in use worldwide, safe disposal of computer and related equipment (e-wastes) has become a critical concern. It is illegal to dispose of e-wastes in landfills in Oregon because they contain hazardous chemicals like lead, cadmium, mercury and more that can contaminate water supplies. However, most of this waste can be recycled and reused, which is the goal of this event.

Items accepted for recycling (at no charge) include: TVs, computers (monitors, towers, laptops, desktops); computer peripherals (mice, printers, speakers); camcorders and cameras; MP3 players (iPods, Zunes, etc.); printer ink and toner cartridges; cables and power supplies; cellular, corded, and cordless phones. Data security on computers is the donator’s responsibility. Hard drives can be removed and hammered prior to recycling or erased by programs like Killdisk (there’s a free version at killdisk.com.)

Items not acceptable (they will be refused at the event) are: batteries, DVD and VHS players, game consoles and handheld electronic games, scanners and fax machines. Many of these items might be donated to local service organizations, if they are in working condition.

This is the fourth time NHS Robotics Club has helped host this event. Over the past 10 years, the club has managed to keep more than 70 tons of materials from entering the waste stream, with around a quarter of that being e-waste. The club also partners with Lincoln County to host a surplus office equipment sale every fall. 

For more information about the event, call Liz Fox at 541-265-9281, x231 or email [email protected]. For more information about Thompson’s Sanitary Service Recycling, contact Aimee Thompson at 541-265-7249 or email  [email protected].


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