Recycling electronics saves environment, lives

KANSAS CITY, Mo. - Keep Kansas City Beautiful is keeping electronics out of local landfills to help save the environment and save lives.

To recognize America Recycles Day, the organization is hosting an electronic recycling event Friday at the Sprint Center.  Old televisions, computers and small appliances can be dropped off from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m.

Keep Kansas City Beautiful has partnered with Vintage Tech Recyclers, who will dissemble, sort and recycle the items at its warehouse in Riverside, Mo. 

Organizer Sadie Gardner says it is important for people to make use of events like Friday because it keeps the toxic chemicals out of area landfills and keeps the products from leaving the country. 

"Items are being shipped to countries that are underdeveloped, and they don't have labor laws," Gardner said. "So all of a sudden they're in a situation where they're using forced labor and often times child forced labor to dismantle these products that have these toxic materials in them."

All of the workers at Vintage Tech Recyclers are trained and wear gloves, protective eyewear and even masks.

Keep Kansas City Beautiful is also hosting an paper shredding event on Saturday from 9 a.m. to noon at 400 NW Barry Road.

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