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Posted on Sat, May 5, 2012 : 5:55 a.m.

Free e-waste drop-off takes place Saturday at Pioneer High School

By Amy Biolchini

Washtenaw County residents can unload their pagers, fax machines and wood-paneled cell phones at an annual electronics recycling event in Ann Arbor on Saturday.


TVs are a popular drop-off item, as seen at the 2011 e-waste event.

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Hosted by the University of Michigan and Ann Arbor Public Schools, old and outdated electronic devices will be accepted for free disposal from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Pioneer High School at 601 W. Stadium Boulevard in Ann Arbor.

Apple Inc. will be shredding the electronics and re-using the materials to make new products.

Workers at the site will unload materials from people’s vehicles during the drive.

Acceptable items at the drive include CRT monitors, LCD displays, computer processing units, laptops, servers, wires and cables, keyboards, mice, speakers, hard drives, TVs, microwaves, camcorders, DVD players, VCRs, cameras, radios, stereos, video games, cell phones, and pagers.

Office equipment accepted include fax machines, photocopiers, printers, scanners, surge protectors, telephones, typewriters and adding machines.

Items not accepted include smoke detectors, refrigerators, stoves, ovens, light bulbs, batteries, Styrofoam, hair dryers or TVs with broken screens.

Amy Biolchini covers Washtenaw County, health and environmental issues for Reach her at (734) 623-2552, or on Twitter.



Sun, May 6, 2012 : 12:53 p.m.

I'm proud to live in a community with events like this. Thanks to Apple, UM, and Pioneer High School for a well-run event that answers a serious need in this area. Participants brought tons of electronics to be recycled that would otherwise have cluttered our landfills. Thanks to the organizers.


Sat, May 5, 2012 : 10:39 p.m.

I also attended the event. It is nice Pioneer, U of M, and Apple put together this event. There was probably close to twenty semi trucks worth of stuff dropped off. I also agree the event was very well organized. It is also interesting to note that the official press notice says an anonymous computer company financed the event. It doesn't name Apple directly.


Sat, May 5, 2012 : 5:16 p.m.

Thanks to, I was able to take advantage of the free, electronics recycling program this morning. Not only did this provide a wonderful opportunity for we citizens in Ann Arbor, but it was incredibly well organized! Thanks so very much to U of M, AAPS and Apple for sponsoring the event. And, many thanks to the organizers and many volunteers who made the event possible!