County organizations to host Earth Day recycling events

Published on Thu, Apr 16, 2009 by Tara Nelson

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Individuals looking to get rid of old electronics, appliances and other junk can do so at little or no charge this weekend.

Two Bellingham recycling companies – RElectronics and Appliance Depot – will be collecting appliances, electronics, used computers next Saturday in recognition of Earth Day.

Individuals can drop off their materials from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, April 18 at Handy Computer, located in the Grandview Business Center, 7056 Portal Way C-102, Ferndale, I-5 exit 266.

There is no cost to dispose of all computers, laptops, LCD monitors, working televisions and home audio equipment, inkjet and toner cartridges, cellphones and accessories and most major appliances.

Appliances containing freon, a coolant, will include a $25 disposal fee. Organizers will charge $15 for all CRT monitors cost, $1 per diagonal inch for non-working television sets, and $5 for microwaves. All other electronics are 25 cents per pound.

For more information, call 360/734-1235.

SSC’s Birch Bay Transfer Station also accepts trash and other items for disposal and recycling for a fee, although antifreeze and motor oil up to five gallons are accepted at no charge. They are open Sundays only from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and are located at 4297 Birch Bay-Lynden Road.

• Appliances (except refrigerators and freezers)

The exhibit, organized by Appliance Depot, is a preview of works to be auctioned at the first-ever Appliance Art Revival on May 2, also at the Chuckanut Brewery, 601 West Holly in Old Town Bellingham. 

The month-long exhibit features approximately 25 local artists who used surplus appliance parts to demonstrate creative reuse and local sustainability.

Appliance Depot executive director Duane Jager said the art show models creative reuse ideas for a wide variety of parts salvaged from appliances before they are recycled.

“We are trying to promote reuse as a sustainable economic activity,” Jager said. “Artists are the best place to start.”

Jager said Appliance Depot saves about a thousand appliances per year for reuse, but they still have to recycle about 80 percent of the donated appliances.

The May 2 Appliance Art Revival will feature live music, dancing, food, workshops, and games featuring appliance parts.  The event starts at 5 p.m., immediately following the Procession of Species, which ends across the street at Maritime Heritage Park.

The evening will start off in family mode with Thor Myhre’s “Junk has Soul” workshop for kids of all ages.  Local artist Scott Rickey will screen print a reuse theme on a shirt you bring or a shirt donated by Goodwill Industries for you to wear home.

James Higgins and the Muddy Boots band will perform at 5 p.m. with and hillbilly band Hoss will perform at 7 p.m. The silent art auction ends at 9 p.m. when Lucky Brown and the Funk Revolution take the stage. Cover charge is $5. 

The Chums of Terrell Creek and the Nooksack Salmon Enhancement Association have scheduled an Earth Day work party from 9 a.m. to noon, Saturday, April 18 across from the Birch Bay Bible Community Church at 7039 Jackson Road.

Volunteers will plant native trees and shrubs and remove non-native vegetation.