A Tekamah site is on the list of stops for a series of free electronic waste collections for households and businesses. The drives are sponsored by the Papio Missouri River Natural Resources District.

The Burt County e-waste collection is Tuesday, April 9, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the USDA/NRD Service Center, 539 S. 13th Street (Highway 75) in Tekamah, across the street north of the Cubby’s convenience store. E-waste will only be accepted during the scheduled hours and this is a rain or shine event.

Area residents and businesses are invited to bring computers, monitors, printers, office equipment, televisions, DVD and VHS players, audio and video equipment, radios and small electronic devices, both working and non-working.

Microwaves and large appliances will not be accepted, nor can the dive accept e-waste from computer or electronics repair/retail businesses,

The NRD also has e-waste collections scheduled in Blair, Walthill and Dakota City. Contact Deb Ward at 402-374-1920, ext. 3, for the schedule of other e-waste events or information about the Burt County collection.

E-waste components contain mercury, lead, arsenic, and cadmium which can contaminate soil and water. Recycling prevents environmental contamination and conserves landfill space. More than 280,000 pounds (140 tons) of electronic waste has been recycled through the Papio NRD’s free e-waste collections.

Midwest Electronic Recovery will wipe or shred all computer hard drives received during the event and will recycle more than 95 percent of the material collected.

Funding for these free e-waste collections is provided through the Nebraska Department of Environmental Quality’s Litter Reduction and Recycling Incentive Grant Program.