Drive-thru event to recycle electronics set for Saturday in Lawrence; volunteers needed

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Douglas County residents are encouraged to bring their disused electronics to a drive-thru recycling event in Lawrence.

Teknix Solutions, an electronic recycling service based in Manhattan, will be present to collect items so that Douglas County residents can get rid of their unused or unwanted electronics in an environmentally friendly way, according to a city news release.


Items that will be accepted for recycling include computers, laptops, monitors, speakers, keyboards, mice, servers, microwaves, TVs, gaming systems, light fixtures with no light bulbs, non-PCB ballasts, stereos, radios, phones, audio and visual equipment, lab equipment, cables, battery backup systems, and small appliances, according to the release.

Dropping off recyclable items will be free of cost, except to recycle CRT televisions, which will cost $40, according to the release said. Cash will be the only form of accepted payment. Any data stored on recycled electronics will be “securely destroyed on site or wiped clean using NIST SP 800-88 standards” by Teknix, according to the release.

Items that will not be accepted for recycling include VHS tapes, CDs, DVDs, fire alarms, smoke detectors, thermometers, light bulbs, PCB ballasts, chemicals, household batteries, tires, furniture, large appliances, and devices containing freon, such as refrigerators, according to the release.

The electronics recycling event is scheduled for 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, May 13 in the north parking lot of Lawrence Free State High School, 4700 Overland Drive. Attendees are asked to stay in their cars at all times and follow the signage to enter off of Overland Drive (between Wakarusa Drive and Folks Road) to the east of Free State, then travel north.

Here’s a map:


Volunteers needed

Volunteers are also needed to help work the event, according to a tweet from Douglas County Wednesday afternoon.

Shifts available for signup run from 8 to 11 a.m. or 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Free lunch will be provided to volunteers. Those interested in volunteering should email to sign up.

Visit the city’s website to learn more ahead of this year’s event.

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