EPA to host eCycling event

The Environmental Protection Agency will kick off Earth Day next week with an event to encourage greater Washington area residents and businesses to recycle unwanted computer equipment and cell phones.

The second annual Capital Area eCycling Event will be held held Sunday, April 20, from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Officials from EPA, Dell Inc. and the National Recycling Coalition will offer remarks between 1:00 and 1:15 p.m. EPA is teaming with Dell, TechTurn and the National Recycling Coalition to encourage the sustainable reuse of materials.

Residents and businesses can bring any make or model of computer and related equipment ' including monitors, printers, scanners, keyboards, mice, laptops, cell phones, personal digital assistants and accessories ' to Freedom Plaza at 13th and E streets N.W.

The equipment will be collected and safely recycled for free, EPA officials said. All data should be removed from computer hard drives and removable media, such as disks, PC cards, flash drives and CD-ROMs.

Officials who will attend the event include Molly O'Neill, assistant administrator of the Office of Environmental Information and chief information officer at EPA; Becca Gould, vice president of government relations and public policy at Dell; Max Peterson, Dell vice president; Jake Player, president of TechTurn; and Kate Krebs, executive director at the National Recycling Coalition.

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