MARION, IL (KFVS) - Spring cleaning took on a whole new meaning on Saturday morning in Marion.
That's where hundreds of people dropped off their unwanted electronic devices free of charge.
"As of January of this year it's now illegal dump and electrical items in area landfills," said Williamson County Commissioner Tracey Glenn. "We're collecting computers, VCR's, stereos and gaming systems. The only thing we're not taking are refrigerators, washing machines, dryers and curling irons."
The recycle event is the first of two which will take place this year in Williamson County. The second event will take place this fall. Organizers teamed up with AISIN, Extra Help, Inc. and Vintage Tech Recyclers.
And organizers say it's important to collect the unwanted electronics in the area to keep them out of area landfills. And out of the hands on children in other countries.
"All of these electronic items have toxic components in them. And we've all seen the documentaries on TV where if you don't recycle them properly they get sent over to third world countries," said Glenn. "And over there they use children to break down these devices to get the metal parts out."
Starting on Monday April 23rd, residents in Williamson County will be able to drop off unwanted electronic items at 4SIWI located at 3307 West Commercial Road in Marion, Illinois. The drop off times are 9AM to 8PM Monday through Friday.
To learn more about the recycling efforts in Williamson County you can go to their website at www.recyclewilliamsoncounty.org or on Facebook "Recycle Williamson County".