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Annual Electronic Recycling Day in Alpena

Last Saturday at the Northern Lights Arena was the annual electronic recycle day for Alpena. “So, this is our recycling of electronics day. It happens the first Saturday of each of June, and this is funded through donations and through a grant from EGLE. We also do charge for some items, but we have to be able to cover our costs for what the donations don’t cover,” Alpena City Manager Rachel Smolinski said.


It is estimated that 40 percent of the heavy metals in U.S. landfills come from discarded electronics. “So, we contract with the company from downstate and they take the electronics and recycle them, you know, anything from printers to televisions to computers to computer cords, copiers, whatever, has electronic components. You know, we appreciate that the community not only supports this event through donations, but also participate,” said Smolinski. If you still have items. It is not too late. “We accept them out at our facility on HWY 32. From May through October,” she said.