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Get rid of old electronics for free

Is your basement cluttered up with old TVs and computer equipment? Do you have so many outdated cell phones in your junk drawer that it won't even close anymore?

You can take care of those problems and make a positive contribution to Earth Day by taking part in the Morris Area School District's latest Service Learning project.

Stevens County residents can dispose of old electronics devices free at the Morris Area Elementary School from 2 p.m. to 7 p.m., Tuesday, April 22 -- Earth Day.

The free recycling includes computers, televisions and anything that can be plugged into a computer or TV. Traffic will be directed to the north parking lot of the school, located at 153 Columbia Ave., in Morris.

*** See a complete list of items at the bottom of this story. Lists also are available the Morris Community Education Office, the Morris Area High School Office, and at Morris City Hall.***

Jack's Recycling, of Alexandria, will take the items to its reclamation center, and assured the group organizing the event that very little isn't recycled, said Cheryl Kuhn, coordinator of the Service Learning Program.

"Most electronics have a significant amount of lead or mercury and we didn't want that going into a landfill," Kuhn said.

Jack's has five roll-off containers ready for the Earth Day collection, with two more in reserve depending on the turn out.

Stevens County is paying for the roll-offs, and the City of Morris, the Stevens County Soil and Water Conservation District are aiding the project.

The Morris-area National Guard will be assisting the 20 to 30 Service Learning students, as will parents and Community Education staffers, Kuhn said.

Volunteers are welcome and can contact Kuhn at (320) 585-2231, or by email at

The electronics recycling project is one of four projects the Service Learning students have taken on as the Student Energy Learning Team.

They established a recycling program in the schools, and are preparing a shoreline restoration project at Pomme de Terre Park through the Department of Natural Resource's MinnAqua program. A fourth project is in the planning stages.

The Service Learning students attended Youth Energy Summits in September and January and formulated their ideas, Kuhn said.

"They were challenged to do something in their communities," she said.

Their work has been recognized. The students learned Tuesday that they have received an award from the Department of Education. They will meet with area legislators in May at the State Capitol in St. Paul to receive the award.

Here are the items that will be accepted free at the community electronic waste recycling day on April 22:

• Computer towers

• Televisions

• Computer monitors

• Keyboards

• Computer mice

• MP3 players

• USB cords

• Zip drives

• Hard drives

• Cell phones

• Cell phone chargers

• Video game systems

• Video game controllers and joysticks

• Speakers

• Any electronic cords

• DVD players

• VCRs

• Cable boxes

• TV antennae

• Sound systems

• Headphones

• Microphones

• Web cameras

• Modems

• Wireless adapters

• Wireless cards

• Scientific calculators

• FAX machines

• Printers

• Scanners

• Routers

• Digital cameras

• Laptop computers

• Flash drives/USB ports