By Karen Wilkinson
Triplicate staff writer
Heaps of extra garbage,
no-longer-needed electronics and of course, the Christmas tree, do in fact have a place after the
It's not in front of the house and it's not on the side of the roads but just down Elk Valley Road at the Del Norte Solid Waste Management Authority transfer station and Hambro Forest Products.
The two agencies have teamed up and are providing free tree disposal, from Tuesday to Jan. 27.
"That gives people plenty of time," said solid waste authority director Kevin Hendrick, adding that they just ask that the trees be free of all decorations, tinsel and stands. "If people can get them to us, we'll take them for free."
Del Norte Disposal isn't offering curbside tree pickup, and is directing customers to Hambro and the solid waste management authority.
Del Norte Solid Waste Management Authority also provides garbage and electronic equipment disposal though for some items, a price tag is attached.
For those who receive electronic gifts and want to toss their old, outdated ones, $5.85 will dispose of up to 100 pounds.
"You might as well try to get your money's worth," Hendrick said. "We will take (electronics) here and charge it the same as garbage."
But some electronics, such as TVs and computer monitors, can be dropped off at the transfer station and disposed of free of charge.
"Just drive in and we'll show you where to put it," Hendrick said.
Old cell phones and rechargeable batteries can be turned into the store from which the new ones were purchased, as a new state law that went into effect this year requires them to do.
"Any business that sells cell phones or rechargeable batteries needs to take back the old ones," Hendrick said.
But mixing garbage with old electronics is dangerous, Hendrick notes, and urges people to separate the two.
"We have to keep (electronics) separate from garbage because it's not supposed to be in landfills anymore," he said. "Almost anything that has a cord is considered dangerous."
Rid your home of
For a price: For $5.85, you can dispose up to 100 pounds of garbage and electronics at the Del Norte Solid Waste Management Authority transfer station on Elk Valley Road. But keep the two separate.
For free: Christmas trees can be dropped off at the transfer station and Hambro Forest Products from Tuesday to Jan. 27. TV and computer monitors can be dropped off at the transfer station free of charge. Also, car batteries, fluorescent light bulbs, recycled motor oil and latex paint can be dropped off for free. Cell phones and rechargeable batteries can be turned into the store from which the new ones were purchased.