In celebration of Earth Day this Thursday, Pittsfield’s Public Library, the Berkshire Athenaeum, will be hosting a computer recycling event at the library.  It’s a great opportunity to safely dispose of unused home and office equipment.

The event is part of the Dell-Reconnect residential recycling program that is also in partnership with Goodwill.  Items that will be accepted are monitors, scanners, computer mice, printers, keyboards, laptop batteries, ink and toner cartridges, computers, hard drives, speakers, cords, and cables.  Television sets will not be accepted during this drive.

The recycling event will begin on Earth Day (Thursday) and will continue until Friday April 30th.  Just drop the approved items into the proper bin located at Athenaeum’s Wendell Avenue entrance during operating hours.  The Athenaeum’s recycling event mirrors the library’s operating hours Monday through Thursday from 10am to 7pm and Friday and Saturday from 10am to 4pm.

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Before recycling a computer and other devices, you are urged to remove all of your personal data.  The event information posted on the Pittsfield City Hall website makes note that Dell nor the Berkshire Athenaeum is liable for data removal or identity protection.

Earth Day is an annual event first held on April 22 in 1970.  The event helps educate the public and shine a spotlight on events that focus on protecting the environment.  According to Wikipedia, it was peace activist John McConnell that proposed a day to honor the Earth at a conference in San Francisco in 1969.  The long-term focus of Earth Day is to focus attention and action in the categories of Science and Education, People and Communities, Plastic and Pollution, and Climate Action.

For more information on the computer recycling event at the Berkshire Athenaeum click on this link or call 413-499-9480.

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