Household electronic recycling events give people a chance to assess just how modern their electronics assemblage is.
People who are getting rid of worn-out iPads, DVD players, digital converter boxes, and laptops are probably pretty up to date.
But people who want to discard typewriters, tape recorders, floppy disk drives, and answering machines might be slightly behind the times.
From 8 a.m. until 3 p.m. Saturday, the Whiteside County Residential Electronics Recycling Event will accept more than 40 types of household electronic devices.
The location for this event is an address we know well: 3200 E. Lincolnway, Sterling.
Yes, that's the home of Sauk Valley Media. Our front parking lot will be used for the 7-hour recycling extravaganza.
What can be brought and discarded for free?
Here's the list: Answering machines, calculators, cameras, cell phones, CD rom drives, computers, cable, cable receivers, copy machines, credit card machines, digital converter boxes, digital music players, disks, CDs, DVDs, fax machines, floppy disk drives, keyboards, laptops, modems, monitors, mouses, pagers, phone systems, printers, postage machines, power tools, projection TVs, projectors, scanners, servers, shredders, software, stereo equipment, tablets/iPads, tape drives, tape recorders, telephones, typewriters, TVs, VCR and DVD players, video and audio tapes, video cameras, video game players, and satellite receivers.
Also accepted will be aluminum cans, electric motors, electric wire, prescription bottles (please remove medicine and label), and non-alkaline rechargeable batteries.
Microwave ovens will be accepted, but a $10 disposal fee will be charged.
Televisions with broken tubes will not be accepted.
We note that participants are eligible to enter a drawing for a new flat screen TV, courtesy of the Sterling Walmart store.
Other event sponsors are Whiteside County Solid Waste Management, Secure Recycling Services of Dixon, Kreider Services, and Appelquist Farms and Trucking of Franklin Grove.
Saturday's Residential Electronics Recycling Event is a good opportunity for people to rid themselves of outdated and broken electronics while doing the environment a favor.
And if their collections of home electronics are left looking a bit more like the 21st century, so much the better.