Electronic waste no longer allowed in trash in Colorado starting July 1

DENVER - Beginning on July 1, it will be illegal to throw away electronic items in the trash in Colorado.

The new law was passed last year and was made to not only be kinder to the environment, but also to generate jobs. Bill sponsors said it would create a whole infrastructure in rural areas to properly dispose of electronic waste.

While the change might be a hassle for residents to get used to, but officials think it's a change people will embrace. Charlotte Pitt of Denver Recycles points to the city's successful purple bin recycling program as a model.

"We've always had great participation in our (e-waste recycling) events," she said. "We've hosted some of hte biggest in the country in previous years."

Pitt said the city would probably host more electronic waste recycling events at first.

Wolfgang Kray of the state health department said there are so many retailers who now recycle electronic waste, such as unwanted televisions, computers, monitors and DVD players -- that it will hardly be an inconvenience.

"There are numerous locations to take electronics," he said. "from thrift stores to retailers that will accept these materials for free."

For more information about the program, visit: www.colorado.gov/cdphe/ewaste.

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