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Baltimore County residents can no longer put most household electronics out for trash collection starting Friday, when a new law takes effect. The county council enacted the legislation to keep potentially hazardous materials such as mercury, lead, cadmium, and arsenic out of landfills and waste-to-energy plants.

Residents will be responsible for recycling computer equipment, such as monitors, keyboards, printers, laptops, and scanners, as well as televisions, VCRs, DVD players, telephones, including cell phones and answering machines, stereos, fax machines, and video display devices. Those who place electronics out for curbside trash or recycling collection face a $100 fine.

The law does not apply to household appliances, such as washers, dryers and refrigerators, or electronics sold to the commercial or institutional sectors.

County officials suggest contacting electronics manufacturers or retailers, who have take-back or recycling programs for unwanted electronics, or donating items to charities or reuse organizations. The Baltimore County Reuse Directory, which is available on-line through the county's Web site or through the Bureau of Solid Waste Management, provides lists of companies that recycle electronics.

The county also offers drop-off sites for electronics at three facilities, which are open Monday through Saturday. Eastern Sanitary Landfill Solid Waste Management Facility, 11400 block of Pulaski Highway, is open 7:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.; Baltimore County Resource Recovery Facility, Drop-Off, Drive and Warren Road, and Western Acceptance Facility, 3310 Transway Road, are open from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Information: www.baltimorecountymd. gov/recycling or 410-887-2000.

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