This Earth Day, Orange Township residents will have an opportunity to keep their old electronics out of the landfill.
The township has partnered with Accurate IT Services to collect unwanted electronics such as cellphones, laptop computers and televisions from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, April 22, in the parking lot of Home Depot, 8704 Owenfield Drive.
Trustee Debbie Taranto said a conversation with Lt. Scott Rice of the township fire department sparked the idea for the event.
"In the past when the township did a shred day, it was very well-attended," she said. "It is always nice to be able to bring benefits to the residents of Orange Township that (do not) cost them money."
Residents will have to pay an additional fee to dispose of a few items at the event. Accurate IT Services will charge $25 to take televisions off residents' hands, with a fee of $5 to recycle old-style CRT computer monitors, according to a news release from the township.
The firm will accept cash or checks for payment.
The business will not accept air-conditioning units, alkaline batteries, dehumidifiers, freezers, light bulbs or refrigerators. It will accept car batteries along with other lead-acid batteries.
Taranto said township officials wanted to give residents a "responsible way" to clear some space while spring cleaning.
Rice said the inspiration for the event came from personal experience.
"I noticed I had electronics and a lot of things that are outdated ... and had no place to actually put them," he said.
Rice said the firm will clear data from electronics with hard drives during the event.
Rice said Home Depot's partnership was key to putting the event together. He said the store will offer a permanent site for customers to drop off electronics near the exit after the event.
Township spokeswoman Amanda Sheterom said the township will not expend funds on the event.