Don’t e-waste a treasure

As Spring Clean-Up looms, remember recycling options

Josh Crosby plays a Beatles’ “Day Tripper” 45 on a vintage stereo console he bought for $35 at an area second-hand store. In the past, Crosby has searched Spring Clean-Up piles for salvageable electronic entertainment items. While residents can still put those items out hoping to interested a Spring Clean-Up scavenger, city crews will not take those items away as they are banned by the Mesa County Landfill.



Josh Crosby plays a Beatles’ “Day Tripper” 45 on a vintage stereo console he bought for $35 at an area second-hand store. In the past, Crosby has searched Spring Clean-Up piles for salvageable electronic entertainment items. While residents can still put those items out hoping to interested a Spring Clean-Up scavenger, city crews will not take those items away as they are banned by the Mesa County Landfill.



Josh Crosby has found a number of his records at second-hand stores and even in Spring Clean-Up piles. He once found an Eagles album in one such pile.



QUICKREAD

Obsolete

entertainment

electronics

■ Portable CD player (Discman)

■ Cassette tapes.

■ Portable cassette player (Walkman)

■ VCRs

■ VHS tapes

■ Original iPods

■ Original Game Boy

■ Original Atari, Sega Genesis, and Nintendo gaming systems with its Power Pad and Duck Hunt gun. (There’s still value in these gaming systems if you can fix them up.) 

■ Console TV

■ Home movie projectors

■ Non-HD video cameras

■ Flip cell phones

■ Simple Simon game

■ Portable DVD player with built-in screen

■ Original Polaroid cameras

■ Non-tablet ebook reader

■ Boom Boxes

■ Dial-up modems

■ Slide projectors

To learn more about the city’s Spring Clean-Up program, including a list of prohibited items, donation sites, tire recycling info, and more, go to gjcity.org/Administration-Dept.aspx?pageid=2147535007



Josh Crosby isn’t sure why he fell in love with vinyl, whether it was the unique sound or the ritual of putting needle to record, but he remembers how he felt the first time he heard Journey’s “Escape” in its entirety.

“I thought it was incredible,” said Crosby, 21.

For the past several years, the Grand Junction man has tried to quench his thirst for vinyl by going to yard sales and perusing second-hand stores — he bought a broken 1961 Magnavox Stereophonic High Fidelity console at Habitat for Humanity for $35. He has even searched Spring Clean-Up piles for discarded records or turntables to restore or use for parts.

Crosby will be out on city streets again with the start of the annual Spring Clean-Up program on Monday, April 14, as residents pile unwanted items — dry Christmas trees, broken suitcases, old mattresses — on the curb for crews to haul to the landfill.

Spring Clean-Up has the unintended bonus of allowing people such as Crosby to slowly circle piles on the hunt for items of value, such as broken, but salvageable record players. However, city crews will not be taking away any electronics since those items are banned by the Mesa County Landfill and by Colorado law.

As tempting as it might be to sneak an outdated Walkman or Discman into the pile, don’t do it. Keep those once-beloved items separate, and if some lucky scavenger doesn’t take them by your pick-up week — maybe they would want them for parts, to restore or maybe just for nostalgia — here’s where you can take them:

■ E-Waste Recyclers of Colorado, 1027 South Seventh St. — View an extensive list of acceptable items at ewasterecyclersofcolorado.com. Phone: 986-4002.

■ Best Buy, 585-24 1/2 Road — Go to stores.bestbuy.com/1124/  and click on “electronics recycling” for information on accepted items. Phone: 245-9455.

■ Hazardous Waste Collection Facility, 3071 U.S. Highway 50 — Information can be found at mesacounty.us/swm/hazmat/. Phone: 256-9543 or 257-9336.

■ Some second-hand stores will accept electronics. Please check with the store before making a donation.


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