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Published: Wednesday, April 11, 2012 7:19 p.m. CDT • Updated: Wednesday, April 11, 2012 7:24 p.m. CDT

PRINCETON — Spring cleaning in Bureau County has taken another step forward, thanks to the city of Princeton.

On Tuesday, Steve Wright, Princeton’s superintendent of streets, announced the city of Princeton will provide a county-wide electronics recycling day from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on May 12. The event will be held at a drop-off site at the city street department at 1105 N. Euclid Ave.

The complete list of collected items will be sent out to Princeton utility customers and will also be available on the city’s website, Wright said.

Among the items which can be collected on May 12 are monitors and laptops, mice and keyboards, computer parts, televisions, printers, copiers, satellite dishes, VCRs, coffee makers, bread makers, irons, food sealing equipment, electric knives, hair cutters and dryers, holiday lights, video game consoles, radios, clocks, heaters, cameras, phones, remotes, microwaves, and metal tools, such as drills, screwdrivers, small saws and sanders.

However, all batteries must be removed from all items, including things like cordless and rechargeable products and remotes, Wright said. Also, other items which will not be accepted are any household batteries, curling irons and white goods appliances like refrigerators, dish washers and stoves.

According to state law, electronics can not be put into garbage collections but must be recycled. However, Princeton does not accept electronics as part of its regular curbside recycling pick-up program.

Princeton has provided a recycling program for more than 20 years, and each year, more and more people seem to be recycling, which is a good thing for the environment, saving on the landfill and solid waste side, Wright said. Princeton collects about 4.6 tons of recycle waste on an average daily basis, as well as another 6.2 tons of household waste.

The May 12 electronic recycling day will be the third sponsored by Princeton for the county, Wright said.

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Coming soon in the BCR: The Bureau County Republican will continue reporting on recycling in Bureau County, what items are accepted at the Princeton Recycling Center and in what condition, and what residents can do with items not accepted at the recycling centers, such as batteries and light bulbs.

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