Electronics collection brings in the old, outdated; continues today
LIMA, Nov 09, 2012 (The Lima News - McClatchy-Tribune Information Services via COMTEX) --
Dorothy Edwards suspected the radio had been around her home for 40 years. The television, at least 20 years.
"They were just there," she said as she finally unloaded the stuff Friday. "I saw this and thought I could finally get rid of it."
It didn't even take two hours for the free electronics waste collection site to see 75 cars and trucks come through. In the same time, area residents dumped 100 televisions, most either way too small or too bulky for anyone to want in today's high-definition, movie-like television world.
The collection, sponsored by the North Central Ohio Solid Waste District and RTH Processing, continues today from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. at 815 Shawnee Road. It is the second time the two have sponsored the collection.
"This is a big plus for people," said Dennis Baker, executive director of the solid waste district. "It gives people the opportunity to clear out their stuff. The main thing is it gets properly disposed of."
Green Wave, of Indianapolis, Ind., will take all of the equipment. It refurbishes what it can and then recycles the rest. Computer hard drives get destroyed.
Friday's collection saw a little bit of everything, with televisions and computers, including cables, keyboards, monitors and wires, outdoing the rest.
"One van had 20 monitors. It was stacked from one end to the other with computers and printers," Baker said. "They must have been storing them for 20 years."
Bill Edgercomb pulled up with a truck load filed with pallets of computer equipment from Greto Corp. The stuff had been hanging out in a storage room for a good 10 years, Edgercomb estimated.
Bill Ritchey showed up with old phones and lots of wires and cables that had accumulated over the years at his home.
"As we update our equipment, there are wires and cables that you keep because you think you are going to use them and you just don't," he said. "I saw an opportunity to get rid of some of this stuff, so I did."
Some brought just a few items Friday, while others came with truck loads. Pat Hilvers pulled up with an old printer, speakers, a phone and a mixer that just happened to break.
"I bought a new one," she said. "This is a good way to get rid of things."
A paper shredder, boom boxes, turntables, clock radios and tape recorders all made appearances Friday. Many had outdated larger knobs and buttons. One cell phone measured about eight inches with its battery being just as big. A Heath radio likely dating back to the 1960s stood out among the stuff.
So did an oscilloscope, used to test electronic equipment. Tom Coolidge said it had probably been taking up space at his home for at least 20 years. An old television and other things had been occupying his basement and garage.
"I didn't have any place to take it until now," he said.
The collection doesn't take tires, hazardous waste, paint or appliances with freon.
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