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Recycling of Old Electronics to Benefit Hospital

On Saturday, Oct. 29 from 9 a.m. - 2 p.m., area residents may drop off outdated computer equipment and other difficult-to-dispose-of electronics in the Target parking lot at the South Bay Shopping Center (access Southampton Street side). Proceeds collected from recycling fees will benefit Boston Medical Center (BMC). Big Brother Big Sister will also have representatives on site collecting new and lightly-used clothing.

According to the EPA, of the roughly 2.25 million tons of used and unwanted electronics each year, only 18 percent is collected for recycling, while roughly 82 percent winds up in landfills. Using an eco-friendly alternative to dispose of old electronics, not only improves the environment, but also supports BostonÂ's largest safety net hospital.

Drop-offs include most any items that can be plugged in Â- televisions, computers and appliances. No medical or diagnostic equipment will be accepted.

Recycling fees include:

Â* Small Televisions $15

Â* Televisions over 27 inches $20-30

Â* Appliances, large office equipment $10-15

Â* Computers $3

Â* Monitors $7

Â* Other items $2-5 each, depending on size and item

Hard drives and similar storage devices from computers and cell phones will be shredded, in accordance with Massachusetts law. All recycling fees are 100 percent tax deductible and will benefit BMC.