Tuesday was only the second of a three-day electronics recycling event in Marietta, sponsored by the Southeastern Ohio Joint Solid Waste Management District, but more than four 40-foot trailers had already been filled.
"It's been a steady stream of cars both days, and we're going to have to bring in at least two more trailers tonight," said Rob Reiter, coordinator for the solid waste district.
He said the annual electronics collection is always a popular event with carloads of televisions, computers, stereos, and all types of other electronics devices being dropped off at the Washington County garage, 1405 Colegate Drive. The event concludes from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. today.
SAM SHAWVER The Marietta Times
Southeastern Ohio Joint Solid Waste Management District workers Josh Martin, left, and Craig Poland use a forklift to move a boxful of electronics devices Tuesday during the annual electronics recycling event at the Washington County garage on Colegate Drive.
Patricia DeMaio of Reno was among those delivering items at the garage Tuesday.
"We brought in a computer and a VCR," she said. "If we didn't have this, these items would probably just end up in the trash, and nobody wants that."
Craig Poland was operating a forklift Tuesday, stacking huge boxes of discarded electronic devices inside the trailers.
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Today is the final day for the Southeastern Ohio Joint Solid Waste Management District's annual electronics recycling event at the Washington County garage, 1405 Colegate Drive, Marietta.
Computers, televisions, cell phones, telephones, printers, cable devices and other electronics can be dropped off between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m.
Appliances are not accepted at this event.
More information on recycling is available online at wasteabate.org
"This is the fifth event I've worked in the district," he said. "And we're seeing a lot of televisions and computers this year."
Reiter said the electronics are sent to a "refiner" company in Texas that shreds and recycles the electronics components.
"They recycle about everything we send them," he said. "And the recyclers we deal with also must be able to shred hard drives. I don't deal with them otherwise because we have to protect the privacy of anyone who brings their computer devices in for recycling."
The Washington County electronics recycling event ends today, but the district's final electronics recycling will be held Monday and Tuesday at the Mary Hammond Recycling Center, 900 Riverside Drive, McConnelsville.