It's no secret that I love to throw stuff away, like, LOVE to throw stuff out to make room for a simpler home. My wife, on the other hand, HATES to part with anything.

Normally it's an easy thing to do, just decipher what's recyclable and then chuck the rest in the trash. However, it gets tricky when we want to dispose of ELECTRONIC items. The good news is the City of Pittsfield has come up with a solution for anyone with things of that nature hanging around the house collecting dust, or piled in the basement.

Pittsfield residents interested in disposing of old electronic items are invited to register for the Electronics Recycling and Sustainability Fair which will be held on Saturday, Aug. 4.

The fair is sponsored by The Guardian Life Insurance Company of America, in partnership with the City of Pittsfield and the Downtown Pittsfield Farmer’s Market. The event features two components: electronics collection and an educational fair at the Farmer’s Market at The Common off First Street. The collection will take place at 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Guardian headquarters located at 700 South St. After residents drop off their items at the collection, they are invited to visit the fair at the Farmer’s Market which will also be held from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. There will be a host of community vendors providing materials and resources, raffles, and giveaways.

For the electronics collection, the list of acceptable items includes:

  • Servers
  • Desktop PCs
  • Laptops
  • Tablets
  • Speakers
  • All components and accessories
  • Video and photo equipment
  • DVRs
  • Cable and satellite receivers
  • Digital and film cameras
  • Audio equipment
  • DVD/VHS players and tapes
  • Printers
  • Copiers
  • Scanners
  • Faxes
  • Gaming consoles
  • Cell phones and batteries
  • Phones and all accessories
  • Small electronic appliances
  • All cables and power cords
  • Small household electric devices – rechargeable
  • Non-CRT TVs (i.e. LED, LCD)

To register please visit cityofpittsfield.org.

For more information, please call Roberta McCulloch-Dews, Director of Administrative Services, Mayor’s Office, 413-499-932