Electronic recycling facility achieves high standard

The Waste Commission of Scott County’s Electronic Demanufacturing Facility has achieved a new standard for responsible recycling. The agency passed an independent audit to reach the Responsible Recycling (R2) Standard. The commission is the first public agency in the world and the only agency in the state of Iowa to achieve the certification. About 360 facilities in the world hold R2 certification.

According to the standard, the facility responsibly manages sensitive data and toxic materials inside recycled electronics.  Data-containing items are caged and locked, monitored through a security system and ultimately destroyed. Potentially harmful materials — mercury, cadmium and lead — are captured and recycled and no harmful materials are shipped to developing countries.

The facility at 1048 East 59th St., Davenport, accepts e-waste with a circuit board or cathode-ray tube from 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. weekdays from residents of Scott and Rock Island counties at no charge. For more information, call 563-823-0119 or visit www.wastecom.com

Flooding closes Cattail Slough Recreation Area

Cattail Slough Recreation Area south of Fulton, Ill., has been closed due to high water levels on the Mississippi River.

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Mississippi River Project said the recreation area will remain closed until it has dried out enough to allow safe motor vehicle access and any debris has been removed.

For more information on the closure, contact Thomson Park Rangers at 815-259-3628 or www.missriver.org.


Earth Day rally set in Davenport

An all-volunteer group called Iowa Climate Advocates has slated four events around the state, including one in Davenport, to mark Earth Day and to urge Congress to “do something on climate change.” Sen. Rob Hogg, D-Cedar Rapids, the group’s coordinator, said the activities will kick off today in Des Moines with a Capitol Rally for Climate Action. Additional events are slated Thursday at the Iowa City Pedestrian Mall outside the office of  Rep. Dave Loebsack, D-Iowa; on Monday outside the U.S. Bank Building in downtown Davenport outside the office of Sen. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa; and April 24 outside the office of Rep. Bruce Braley, D-Iowa. More information is available at www.iowaclimateadvocates.org.