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Disposing of electronics and appliances

By Antonio De Jesús Aguado

To help prevent polluting soil and water with discarded electrical appliances, the Department of Environment and Ecology invites sanmiguelenses to bring their unwanted electronics to the collection area at Parque Bicentenario.

On June 4, the day before World Environment Day, the local administration organized Reciclón 2014 so that sanmiguelenses could bring their unwanted electrical appliances for disposal. The recycling event at Plaza la Luciérnaga brought in seven tons of electronics and appliances, including televisions, radios, coffee makers, computers, batteries, washing machines, refrigerators, stoves and more.

Through this event, the Ecology Department, along with the recycling company REMSA, promoted the proper disposal of appliances. Each year REMSA, which has all the legal requirements for correctly handling these unwanted items, organizes this event in different states and cities across the country. According to their web page, in countries such as Brazil recycling companies charge a fee for disposing of such products, but here in Mexico they do it for free.

At the event at La Luciérnaga, those dropping off unwanted items received a raffle ticket for the chance to win plants and gardening tools. At the end of the Reciclón, Víctor Velázquez, head of the Ecology Department, said that the seven tons of material collected would be sent to Querétaro to REMSA’s facilities.

Velázquez said that there is a drop-off point at Parque Bicentenario where people can take their unwanted electronic devices. According to the director, the material is handled properly to avoid the contamination of soil and water. If the appliance is large, you can call the Ecology Department, and they will come and pick up the item. “These materials should not go to the landfill,” said the director.

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