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New West police recycling your old electronics for Fraud Prevention Month

Computers, phones and other electronics can be recycled and donated to local groups
The New Westminster Police Department is hosting a free electronics recycling event on Saturday, March 19.

New Westminster police want to make sure your unwanted electronics aren’t used for fraudulent purposes – and will get them into the hands of folks who need them.

The New Westminster Police Department is partnering with the Electronic Recycling Association to offer free electronics recycling on Saturday, March 19 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the New Westminster City Hall parking lot at 511 Royal Avenue.

The NWPD notes that March is Fraud Prevention Month – and that’s an ideal time to get rid of unwanted electronics, while also protecting your electronic data and personal information.

“Some families may have electronics that are simply taking up space and gathering dust, but they haven’t disposed of them because they’re aware they contain personal information,” Amrit Hundal, the NWPD’s crime prevention coordinator, said in a news release. “By taking these old electronics to this recycling event, you can have peace of mind your data is wiped clean and you’re protected.”

The Electronic Recycling Association will data clean donated items, and then recycle or refurbish the equipment. The refurbished electronics will be donated to a variety of local organizations, including the Children’s Foundation, Dress for Success Vancouver, Big Brothers of Greater Vancouver and Delta Stroke Recovery Society.

Items being accepted at the electronics recycling event are:

*Consumer electronics (gaming consoles, iPods and mp3 players, stereo equipment, etc.)

*Desktop computers (PC and Mac, monitors, parts, motherboards, etc.)

*Handheld devices (smartphones, cell phones, tablets, etc.)

*Laptops (PC and Mac, docking stations, parts, cables, etc.)

*Printers (Inkjet and Laserjet, plotters, copiers, scanners, fax machines, etc.)

*Peripherals (keyboards, mice, CD/DVD ROMs, cards, accessories, etc.)

*Phone systems

*Racks and miscellaneous (server racks, lab equipment, disk arrays, etc.)

*Servers (rackmount, stand-alone, all brands, etc.)

*Software (operating system, editing, design, etc.)

*Specialty items (Cisco networking, switches, routers, etc.)

Items can be dropped off through a drive-thru or you can park and unload your items with the help of our volunteers. Personal and household appliances are not being accepted at the electronics recycling event.