ST. JOHNSBURY -- On Friday, Dec. 7, St. Johnsbury Academy will be collecting e-waste from 12 noon to 3 p.m. The event will be held at the Maple Center (the former Black Bear Tavern), which is located on 151 Hastings Hill St. in St. Johnsbury.

The Academy is partnering with The Vermont State E-Cycles Program, which provides free drop-off for the collection of computers, monitors, televisions, printers, and computer peripherals (e.g., mouse, keyboard, scanner) from Vermont households, 501c3 charities, school districts and small businesses with 10 or fewer employees. Some other items may be charged a disposal fee.

Volunteers from St. Johnsbury Academy will be assisting with the event and funds raised from the collection will be used for the St. Johnsbury Academy Environmental Stewardship program.

To date, the program has collected thousands of pounds of recyclable electronic devices, with a goal of collecting over three million pounds by the end of June, 2013. NRRA has been working with schools like St. Johnsbury Academy to help reach that goal of three million pounds while providing education and fundraising opportunities for local schools.

The Northeast Resource Recovery Association and its partners, the Association of Vermont Recyclers and Good Point Recycling in Middlebury were selected from a competitive State RFP process in late April based on their ability to provide oversight and transparency to a very detailed tracking process required for the State of Vermont's Manufacturer- funded E-Cycles Program.

Many recyclers are providing data destruction services to covered entities. However, it is the responsibility of the owner of the electronic device to ensure the security of any personal data on the device.

To learn more about how to keep information on your computer safe before you drop it off at a collection location, general questions about the program, or for list of permanent collection locations visit www.vtecycles.org or call 1-855-6ECYCLE.

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