Electronics recycling

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.

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.

“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.