Anthem brings back Go Green recycling event

By Paul Ploumis

The Anthem Community Council is hosting its drive-thru Go Green event from 8 to 11 a.m. Saturday, April 17, at the Community Park lower parking lot, 41703 N. Gavilan Peak Parkway.

Participants must provide one form of Anthem residency identification before recycling items. Enter from Whitman Drive and exit onto Gavilan Peak Parkway to assist with traffic flow. Residents must be in line by 10:45 a.m.

Republic Services, with assistance from Pro-Shred, Safety Kleen, Westech, Lighting Resources LLC, MCSO and other community partners, make the event possible for residents to recycle items. Approved materials include, but are not limited to, electronics, bulk materials, cardboard, personal documents, paint, and prescription and nonprescription drugs.

A summarized list of acceptable items includes (subject to change):

• Computer equipment: PCs, laptops, modems, hubs and routers, storage devices, main frames, servers, power supplies and cords, printers, wires and cabling, mice, keyboards, hard drives, DVD and CD drives

• Point-of-sale equipment: Credit card machines, printers and scanners

• Telecom equipment: Telephones, cellphones, switches and answering systems

• Printing Equipment: Printers, fax machines, copiers, calculators, typewriters and cartridges

• A/V equipment: TVs, stereos, radios, amplifiers, projectors, satellite and cable equipment, video equipment, VCRs, CD players, video game equipment, surveillance equipment and cameras

• Batteries: alkaline, nickel cadmium, lead acid, lithium, etc.

• Electronic components: Capacitors, diodes, resistors, transistors and integrated circuits

• Other electronic items: Test, lab and medical equipment (no radioactivity), cables and wire, connectors, ballasts, batteries, power strips, etc.

• Household appliances: Toasters, blenders, mixers, etc. Items containing Freon will not be accepted.

• Paint: All kinds; there is no limit to amount being disposed of (residential only; not commercial).

• Paper: Household sensitive materials including bank statements, check stubs and credit card offers (limit five banker boxes per car).

The following items will not be accepted for shredding: business documents, metal, CDs, tapes, discs, binder clips and three-ring binders.

Household Hazardous Waste: Lacquers, thinners, wood preservatives and stains, solvents, paint removers, gasoline, diesel fuel, lighter fluid, waste oil, pesticides, fertilizers, drain/oven cleaners, adhesives, pool chemicals, aerosol cans, etc.

Prescription and nonprescription drugs: Pills only; no liquids.

St. Vincent de Paul will be on site at the event collecting nonperishable food items, clothing, new undergarments and socks, new or gently used shoes, toothbrushes/toothpaste, diapers, books, luggage (rolling and duffle bags), new toiletries, new or gently used blankets, reusable water bottles, empty prescription bottles, gently used toys and new school supplies.

The event is free, and all Anthem residents are invited to take part (even those who are serviced by the city of Phoenix on the west side of I-17). For more information and a complete list of acceptable items (as well as those that will not be accepted), visit OnlineAtAnthem.com/go-green.

Due to continued community spread and to offer the safest event possible, enhanced protocol will be in place for the event. If mandatory mask policies are still in place within Maricopa County, staff and vendors will be wearing face coverings/masks. Residents also will be required to wear face coverings/masks as they drive through Go Green, as there is face-to-face interaction between residents and staff working at the event.