Marking its fourth year as lead sponsor of Power Recycling Weekend, Ingram Micro and its employees will again provide volunteer support. Volunteers will be on hand to help unload vehicles. There is a $5 processing fee for TVs and monitors. Otherwise the service is free. For document shredding, there will be a limit of three boxes per vehicle. Look for the special signs in the zoo parking lot to find the drop-off areas.
In 2009 alone, more than 2.5 million tons of electronic waste was disposed of improperly. Many of these electronic devices contain mercury and lead, which could leach into the ground and contaminate soil and water supplies. Cell phones are a major contributor to this problem; however, cell phones are also a prized recyclable item because of the precious metals they contain. A 2006 report by the U.S. Geological Survey estimated that a ton of obsolete cell phones (excluding batteries) contains 140 kilograms of copper, 31.4kg silver, 300g gold, 130g palladium, and 3g platinum. However, according to a recent EPA report, only 8 percent of all out-of-use mobile devices in the United States had been recycled as of 2009.