| 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.
Electronics Recycling Collection
The Town of Watertown Public Works Department would like to advise the public that the Connecticut Resources Recovery Authority (CRRA) will be hosting an electronics recycling collection again this year. All Watertown residents are eligible to participate and there are no fees. Some proof of residency (i.e. driver’s license, car registration, tax bill, etc…) will be required. No commercial electronics will be accepted. Examples of materials that will be taken include computers, VCRs, cellular telephones, printers, monitors, TVs, copiers, fax and answering machines, radios, stereos and other electronic gear. The program benefits the environment by preventing used electronics from being incinerated or buried in landfills and potentially releasing toxic materials into the environment. For information on the event or to determine if a specific item will be acceptable, please contact CRRA at www.crra.org or Thomas Gaffney at (860) 757-7700.
"C.R.R.A. OFFERS FREE PAPER SHREDDING SERVICES"
*EVENTS WILL BE HELD RAIN OR SHINE - RESIDENTS ARE ADVISED TO LOAD ITEMS TO BE RECYCLED IN THE REAR CARGO AREA OF THEIR VEHICLE AND RECYCLING PERSONNEL WILL REMOVE THE ITEMS FOR YOU.
If you have any other questions regarding the Town of Watertown’s recycling program, please contact the Public Works Department at (860) 945-5240.