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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

7-15-13

Contact:  Roy Cavanaugh (860) 945-5240

The town of Watertown is pleased to announce that a second permanent drop-off for covered electronic devices has been approved for Watertown residents.   The Hamilton Avenue Transfer Station in Watertown is open to residents for electronics drop-off on Thursday's from 7 am to 3 pm and Saturdays from 7 am to 1 pm until September 1, 2013 at which time normal hours will resume.  Now, residents can also bring their used electronics to Take 2's 295 South Leonard Street, Building 1 location in Waterbury on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday between 8 am and 5 pm, Thursdays from 8 am to 8 pm and Saturdays from 8 am to 12 pm.  Transfer Station permits are not required to use the facility for electronics recycling.

Offering Take 2's secure electronics recycling facility as a residential electronics drop-off location provides Watertown residents with added convenience, security, and accessibility. 

ABOUT TAKE 2 INC.

Take 2 Inc. (Take 2) is a Connecticut company lead by a management team with over 10 years experience providing secure, safe, and ethical solutions for the management and recycling of used electronics and Universal Waste.  Take 2 offers recycling, asset management and logistics services for electronics, used mercury lamps and batteries.   Call Take 2 at 203-286-5757 or visit our website for directions, seasonal hours of operation, and additional information about recycling.  The company was recently featured in the Waterbury Republican-American.  Visit Take 2's website for the full article: http://www.take2recycle.com/index.php/the-scoop

PROPER DISPOSAL OF SMOKE DETECTORS:   http://www.ct.gov/deep/cwp/view.asp?a=2718&q=325496&deepNav_GID=1645%20#Smoke

TOWN OF WATERTOWN ELECTRONICS RECYCLING PROGRAM

    

The Town of Watertown is pleased to announce that it is now accepting computers, computer monitors, printers and televisions generated from households at the Hamilton Avenue Transfer Station during regular business hours at no charge.  In accordance with state law, electronic devices from commercial and industrial sources are not covered under the program. 

 

Residents may drop off up to seven devices at a time with proof of residency.  All of the electronics are handled and properly disposed of by the town vendor, WeRecycle, Meriden Connecticut.  Business wishing to dispose of their waste electronics are encouraged to contact the vendor directly.  According to the CT e-waste law, as of January 1, 2011, covered electronic devices will be banned from disposal at any Connecticut solid waste facility - they must be recycled.

 

With identity theft a growing problem, you may have some reservations about donating or recycling your computer. While legitimate computer recyclers take measures to secure and erase the data on the computers they resell or recycle, you may take greater comfort in erasing the data before you drop it off. You may think that simply deleting a file means that file is gone. But in fact the file can easily be recovered.  In order to erase a drive so that no data can be recovered, you need to rewrite over the file a number of times. There are free software downloads such as Cybercide , Eraser, DeleteonClick, or KillDisk, that will permanently erase the data on your hard drive by overwriting. You can also purchase more advanced software for enhanced data security.  Under the CT e-waste law, approved electronics recyclers must secure hard drives until such point they are physically destroyed for recycling such as by shredding or smelting.

 

If you have any questions regarding electronics recycling, please call the Watertown Public Works Department at (860) 945-5240.