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I remember my family's first color TV: a giant black box that sat in a place of honor in our living room.

By comparison, our old black-and-white with its slightly bent rabbit ears looked puny and outdated. This was the 1980s after all, and our family was living large. 

By the 1990s, my mom had decided that living large wasn't enough. She needed to live humongous. She bought the biggest big screen TV I've ever seen — a monstrosity that looked like it weighed 1,000 pounds. I'm pretty sure the door frame had to be removed just to get it into the house. 

Unfortunately for my folks — and their doorframe —  the giant TV soon went the way of the dinosaur. Those big TVs went to a gullible neighbor to make room for flat screens.

I bring this up because you probably don't have neighbors gullible enough to take an old TV anymore. The thrift stores won't take them, and you have to pay to dump them. Unless, of course, you hit up the county's free Earth Day recycling event.

The county will not only take your old TVs, but also your old paint, antifreeze and batteries. Read on for details:
Recycle and Donate Household Items on May 20

Free Event with EPC Household Hazardous Waste, Goodwill & Salvation Army

El Paso County, CO, May 12, 2015 – El Paso County and Honeywell are partnering to sponsor an “Earth Day in May” event for local residents to properly dispose of household hazardous waste items, and to donate gently used items to Goodwill and Salvation Army. This free event is from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Wednesday, May 20, in Honeywell’s upper back parking lot at 1110 Bayfield Drive in Colorado Springs (near Quail Lake and World Arena).

El Paso County Household Hazardous Waste will accept the following for recycling and/or proper disposal:
Paint and paint-related products: stains, strippers, thinners, varnishes, etc.
Household chemicals: aerosols, ammonia, bleach, cleaners, lamp oil, etc.
Lawn & garden chemicals: fertilizers, pesticides, poisons, plant food, etc.
Automotive chemicals: antifreeze, brake & transmission fluids, waxes, bug/tar/vinyl/chrome/engine cleaners, etc.
Batteries: lead-acid vehicle batteries and all types of household batteries (AA, AAA, C, D, 9-volt, watch & hearing aid batteries)
Electronic and TVs (any size)
Not Being Accepted: business waste, fluorescent lights, medicine, or tires.
Hazardous waste must be in labeled, non-leaking containers that can be left at the site.

Goodwill and Salvation Army will accept the following items for donation:
Appliances (large): air conditioners, furnaces, water heaters, etc.
Appliances (small): coffee makers, food processors, microwave ovens, toasters, etc.
BBQ grills
Beds (mattresses & box springs)
Bikes & strollers
Cell phones
Christmas ornaments & lights
Clothing & shoes
Computer equipment
Fencing & fence posts
Furniture (small size only)
Household items
Metals (aluminum cans, copper, brass, power cords)
Sinks & bathtubs
Sporting goods

If you have questions, call El Paso County’s Environmental Division at 520-7871.

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