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Posted: Wednesday, April 3, 2013 3:21 pm | Updated: 7:41 pm, Thu Apr 4, 2013.

Residents can recycle electronics in the East Valley 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. April 6 in the parking lot of Whole Foods Market, 5120 S. Rural Road in Tempe.

The event is hosted by the Arizona Department of Environmental Quality.

Other Valley locations include 10810 N. Tatum Blvd. and 7111 E. Mayo Blvd. in Phoenix, 2955 W. Ray Road in Chandler and 8688 E. Raintree Drive in Scottsdale.

ADEQ and its partners - Whole Foods Market, Arizona Lost Boys (of Sudan) Center, Tucson Clean and Beautiful, Inc. and Westech Recyclers of Phoenix - will collect tons of unwanted televisions, computer equipment, monitors, batteries, chargers, cell phones, VCRs, CD and DVD players, printers, small appliances, fax machines, stereos, cables and cords during the events.

“We are excited about partnering with the Whole Foods markets in the Valley to do a free electronics waste recycling event for the fourth straight year,” ADEQ Director Henry Darwin said. “This is a great opportunity for people to dispose of all the unwanted electronics they have collected over the years while at the same time ensuring that this potentially toxic stream of waste is disposed of responsibly and does not take up valuable landfill space.”

Sara Putnam, marketing field associate for Whole Foods Markets in Arizona, said that the e-recycling event reflects one of the market’s key core values.

“Whole Foods Market is thrilled to be a partner in this event. Caring about our communities and our environment is one of our seven core values and having the event benefit the Arizona Lost Boys Center and Tucson Clean & Beautiful creates a win-win for the environment and our community. We hope residents and businesses alike join us in taking advantage of these free recycling events,” Putnam said.

Companies and individuals donating e-waste will receive a certificate of disposal for their records from Westech Recyclers if they want the document. Westech Recyclers recycles all material in accordance with state and federal regulations and will erase all hard drives received with state of the art software.

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