CHAMPAIGN — Another countywide residential electronics collections drive will take place from 8 a.m. to noon Saturday at The News-Gazette distribution center, 3202 Apollo Drive, C.
Saturday's drive is the first of two scheduled to take place this year. The second will be on Saturday, Oct. 12, also at The News-Gazette center.
Access to the distribution center is by way of North Market Street and East Olympian Drive, northeast of the Market Place Shopping Center.
Residents are urged to bring old or unwanted electronic items to be responsibly recycled or refurbished. Teams of community service volunteers will be on hand to unload electronic items from residents' vehicles. There is no charge for the service.
Electronics to be accepted include televisions, computers, laptops, computer monitors, printers, scanners, keyboards, mice, cables, zip drives, fax machines, PDAs, video game consoles, mobile phones, microwave ovens, and VCR/DVD/ MP3 players.
Among the items that will not be accepted are refrigerators, dehumidifiers, air conditioners, stoves, washers, dryers, garbage compactors, dishwashers, fluorescent lighting, medical waste, alkaline batteries, gas-powered equipment and lawn mowers, and hazardous household waste.
Area governments and private sponsors, including The News-Gazette, support the residential electronics collection as a public service to residents now that Illinois has a landfill ban on electronics.
More information about the collection is available on the Champaign County Regional Planning Commission website at http://www.ccrpc.org. People may also call the RPC at 328-3313.