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Electronic Recycling Program Kicks Off In November

Rapid Refill will provide free recycling for a week in November, including pick-ups.

To celebrate their fifth anniversary Rapid Refill Ink in Carrollwood will work to help the environment and a worthy charity in the community.

From November 12-17 Rapid Refill will join forces with Urban E Recycling to present “Electronics for a Cause,” a weeklong event offering free recycling of consumer electronics.

Recycling proceeds will benefit the Hillsborough Achievement And Resource Centers  (HARC), a county based organization that helps people with disabilities.

"Our business is about re-use and recycling but it's only one element of it," Bob Giest, owner at Rapid Refill. "Really the goal is to build a broader awareness for recycling and what can be recycled."

The following items will be accepted for recycling: computers (desktop and laptop), servers, hard drives, circuit boards,  UPS battery backups, monitors, flat screens, printers, copiers, DVD  players, VCRs, modems, cable boxes, satellite receivers, routers, lead  acid non-spillable batteries, lithium ion batteries, cell phones,  telephones, phone system hardware, insulated cable, all metals  associated with electronics and video game systems.

Those dropping off electronics at 10416 N. Dale Mabry Highway will be entered into a drawing to win a refurbished desktop computer and gift cards from area retailers. Items may be dropped off  Monday-Friday, 9 a.m. – 7 p.m. and Saturday, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Urban E Recycling will also wipe hard drives off-site and provide a data destruction certificate for a $5 fee, which will be donated to HARC. The event will also feature on-site, secure document shredding for a discounted fee of 79 cent per pound.

Rapid Refill has been open for five years in the Carrollwood area.

"I wanted to give more back to the local community and that's why we selected HARC because they are a local based non profit,"  Geist said.

The recycling event will also benefit consumers with large electronics they need to get rid of.

Those wishing to donate large items, such as big screens or a large quantity of items, can call Rapid Refill Ink, (813) 514-0679, to arrange for pick-up.

Rapid Refill 'Electronics For A Cause': Nov. 12-17 drop off electronics to Rapid Refill, 10416 N. Dale Mabry Highway in Tampa. Monday-Friday, 9 a.m. – 7 p.m. and Saturday, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.

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