Northshore Mining in Silver Bay and Babbitt is giving you an opportunity to ditch those electronics and fluorescent bulbs with a clear conscience.

The mining company is sponsoring an electronic waste collection drive on two days in two locations.

One collection will be today in Silver Bay at John’s Sanitary, 15 Golf Course Drive, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. The next collection will be from 9 a.m. to noon July 30 in Babbitt at the city of Babbitt’s recycling bin area on North Drive (under the city water tower). There is no charge for residents, small businesses and nonprofit organizations to drop off:

Mercury-containing devices:

*  Fluorescent bulbs

* Tilt switches

* Mercury thermometers

* Gas range pilot safety shut-off

Electronic wastes:

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* Computers, Printers

* Stereos (speakers are not allowed)

*Cellular phones

* Computer monitors (two per person)

* Televisions (two per person)

* Circuit boards

* Microwaves

Electronics and things that contain mercury are especially damaging to the environment, said Ed LaTendresse, general manager of Northshore Mining. “We invite all of our neighbors to take advantage of this opportunity by bringing their hazardous waste items to the drop-off locations,” he said.

According to North-shore Mining, the company has collected 26,863 pounds of electronics, and it has collected 2,910

mercury-containing light bulbs since it began collecting hazardous items.

And remember, fluorescent bulbs aren’t just for offices, compact fluorescent light bulbs - CFLs - are included in that designation.

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