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With the holidays fast approaching, many people will be getting new computers, televisions, and other electronic devices as gifts. That's why the Onondaga Resource Recovery Agency is reminding people to properly dispose old electronics by recycling. Brad Vivacqua is at the Tops Grocery Store in DeWitt where an electronics recycling drop off event will take place Saturday.

DEWITT, N.Y. -- We all come to that point when it's time to get ride of those old computers, TVs, MP3 players, and other electronics.

This Saturday, the Hole in the Wall Club at Jamesville-DeWitt High School will be holding a drive at the Tops store in an effort to collect and recycle your old electronic items.

OCRRA officials say this is typically the time of year in which people get new items and look to throw their old items out. They say in 2015, a new law will make it illegal to throw electronic devices in the trash.

As for now, they remind everyone to take advantage of public drop-off events to recycle items like VCRs, cell phones, and keyboards.

Properly disposing these items can allow the materials to be used to make new products and won't allow harmful materials to get into the environment.

OCRRA Public Information Officer Kristen Lawton said, "You're getting new items, you're replacing some old ones, and maybe you're not sure what to do with them so it's really important that you recycle them properly, because all of these items contain heavy metals. Sometimes there's lead or cadmium, mercury. Things that you really want to keep out of the environment."

Visit OCRRA's website if you live in Onondaga County to find out where you can drop off your E-Waste for free. You're also encouraged to drop off your old electronics this Saturday at the Tops store on East Genesee Street in DeWitt. The event will take place from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. You can make a donation to the Hole in the Wall Club at Jamesville DeWitt High School which will help send children with medical conditions to camp.

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