As people in the community begin to think about spring cleaning, TAMC will once again be offering the opportunity to bring used, broken and unwanted electronic devices for proper disposal, free of charge.

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This year, the medical center has added a new element to the day and will be collecting no longer needed medical equipment as well to donate to Partners for World Health.

For about 18 years, TAMC has cared for the planet by actively participating in electronics recycling, but on Earth Day last year, they took things one step further by co-sponsoring a special electronics recycling day with partner Electronics End, LLC, and extending the event into the community.   The event was so successful that a second electronics recycling day was offered in the fall.  Now, again in response to community needs, TAMC will offer another electronics recycling day on Thursday, April 14, from 7:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

Items that TAMC’s Green Team and Electronics End, LLC will accept include: computer monitors, network servers, TVs, desktop printers, digital frame pictures, cellphones, laptops, game consoles, computer towers, data/electrical cables, FAX machines, scanners, copiers, speakers, keyboards, stereos, DVD/VHS players, and overhead projectors. They are unable to accept light bulbs or batteries at this event.

“We really did not expect the amount of recycling we received the first time we opened it to the community,” said Mark Bourgoin, chair of TAMC’s Green Team and organizer of the event.  “We had 48,000 pounds turned in.”

Bourgoin credits this success with the interest that people from Aroostook County have in recycling and doing the right thing for the environment.

As a new feature to this year’s recycling day, TAMC will be collaborating with Partners for World Health to accept medical equipment, such as wheelchairs, walkers, crutches, CPAP machines and any number of items that people may no longer have a use for but could be put to use overseas to countries in need.  In addition to these larger items, many smaller items are accepted as well, such as the “grabbers” used by patients recovering from certain surgeries or conditions, unused insulin needles still in their packages, unopened packages of gauze, ace bandages and any number of other items.  Non-medical items such as pillow cases and sheets, baby bottles, combs, and toothpaste and tooth brushes are also being collected for the group.

For additional information, interested persons may contact Mark Bourgoin at (207) 768-4349 or by email at mbourgoin@tamc.org.