Ditch your old electronics in a free, environmentally friendly way this Saturday (update: big turnout)

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Update January 30: Bluffton Today went down to the collection event South of the Broad, and its sounds like turnout was pretty impressive all around the county.

Take a read of the paper's report here.

First reporting: Beaufort County is accepting broken computers, TV's and other electronic appliances on Saturday, January 29, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at two county public works sites.

The two are the Shanklin Road site near the Marine Corps Air Station in Beaufort and in Bluffton at the Ulmer/Benton Field Road location off Burnt Church Road.

There will also be free shredding provided by Advanced Document Shredding for all personal and tax papers.  

Television sets and all other electronic goods will be accepted free of charge. They may include such items as computers, printers, scanners, power supplies, monitors, UPS, hard drives, servers, laptops, cables & wires, surge protectors, switch boxes, sound equipment, tape drives, power supplies, calculators, copy machines, VCRs, DVD players, electric motors, cash registers, overhead projectors, transformers, test equipment, telephones, cell phones and other goods.

And don't forget that this July it will no longer be permitted to toss your old electronics in the trash in South Carolina.

Oh and if you didn't know it's a very bad idea to throw away your electronics, not only are you likely casting away rare and valuable metals, you're also throwing away nasty ones (like lead and arsenic) that can leach into our water. 

For additional information or for instructions regarding large quantities, please call the Beaufort County Division of Solid Waste and Recycling at 255-2734.