As Apple, Microsoft and others continue to release their latest and greatest versions of smartphones, computers and other items, the struggle about what to do with the electronics one already has is real.

After all, there's only so much that can be squirreled away in a closet or basement.

Clear some shelf space this weekend as Northwest Library, 2280 Hard Road, will host an electronics recycling event on Saturday, Nov. 3. Make room for new technology by dropping off old or unwanted desktop PCs and laptops, tablets, phones, printers, cables, gaming devices, cameras, large household appliances and more from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the library's parking lot.

Although most items can be dropped for free, a fee will be charged for items such as LCD/flat-screen televisions ($10 each), tube/projection televisions ($2 per inch), Mac all-in-one tube PCs ($25 each) CRT monitors ($20 each), printers/scanner/fax machines ($2 each) and large-office copiers ($100 each).

Electronics will be recycled for a good cause, as all items will be collected by Rentek and either used for job force development training for individuals with differing abilities and barriers to employment, or refurbished and donated to local after-school programs.

Last fall's electronics recycling event at the library kept 5,826 pounds of e-waste out of landfills and contributed to over 145 hours of job skills training to programs.

Some items cannot be accepted for recycling, including alkaline batteries (AA, AAA, C, D, 9v), hazardous materials, items containing freon, manuals/books, media (VCR/data tapes, CD/floppy disks), household appliances (blenders, coffee pots, curling irons, hair dryers, irons, vacuum cleaners), smoke detectors, fire extinguishers and speakers/televisions containing wood.

For a complete list of what will and will not be accepted, go to

Hillary Kline is a communications specialist for Worthington Libraries.