A special waste collection for residential electronics, appliances, and tires will be held on September 9th at the corner of Third and Grand in Salem. From 9 AM to noon, residents of Crawford, Dent, Gasconade, Maries, Phelps, Pulaski, and Washington counties may drop off their items. The city of Salem and Meramec Regional Planning Commission, with funding through the Missouri Department of Natural Resources and Ozark Rivers Solid Waste Management District, are partnering on the September 9th collection. Stoves, washers, dryers, hot water heaters, and other appliances will be collected free of charge. Free electronics also include computer components, laptop computers, keyboards, hair dryers, VCR/DVD players, cell phones or anything that runs on a cord or battery. Other items, such as CRT or flat-screen TVs, will carry fees. Some items will not be accepted. These items include CDs, DVDs, VHS and data tapes; floppy disks; transformers, capacitors or ballasts not clearly marked “No PCBs”; smoke detectors; thermostats; medical waste; gas containers such as propane, oxygen, nitrous oxide; anything leaking oil or acid, such as batteries; broken ink or toner cartridges; alkaline batteries; light bulbs and fluorescent tubes and broken CRTs, TVs or monitors. For more information on items accepted or the fee structure, please contact Jill Hollowell at MRPC at 573-265-2993, Ext. 109, or at [email protected]. The last collection event for 2023 will be held on October 7th in St. Robert.