New drop-off recycling bin for CDs, DVDs at Laurel Public Works

Laurel Public Works has expanded its recycling collections to include CDs and DVDs, which can be dropped into a recycling bin available day and night outside the Department of Public Works, 305 First St.

The CDs and DVDs will be processed at Recycle America in Baltimore, and could be used in creating such things as office equipment, street lights and automotive parts.

Michele Blair, recycling coordinator for the city, said the city started collecting more recyclable items such as fluorescent/CFL light bulbs and small, household batteries, a few years ago as part of the curbside collections.

"What we are trying to do, is to keep hazardous materials out of landfills," Blair said. "The city has different places where we can safely dispose of recycling."

The light bulbs and batteries should be placed in a bag marked with an "X" and placed beside the curbside collection bin, Blair said.

For more instructions on recycling in Laurel, go to the Public Works link on the city's website

Call the Department of Public Works at 301-725-0088.

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