There was a steady flow of traffic at the former Washington County highway garage on Colegate Drive in Marietta Wednesday, as the SouthEastern Ohio Joint Solid Waste Management District's electronics collection event wrapped up.
"(We've taken in) probably close to 18 tons of TVs and close to 100 cubic yards of computer equipment," said district coordinator Rob Reiter.
Guernsey, Monroe, Morgan, Muskingum, Noble and Washington Counties make up the district. An electronics collection event is held once a year in each county, with this year's event in Washington County having started Monday.
ASHLEY RITTENHOUSE The Marietta Times
Washington County Jail inmate Bill Smith drops a computer monitor into a bin during the SouthEastern Ohio Joint Solid Waste Management District’s electronics collection event Wednesday at the former Washington County highway garage in Marietta. There were about 100 cubic yards of computer equipment collected during the event, along with televisions and other electronics.
"Any resident of any county in the district can use this," Reiter said of the program.
Reiter said electronics collection events have already been held in all the counties except Morgan and Guernsey. The Morgan County event will be held Monday and Tuesday and in Guernsey County it will be held Aug. 15, 16 and 17.
"This is the biggest one with the computers," Reiter said of the electronics collection event that was held in Marietta. "It's a little behind (Muskingum County) as far as TVs go."
If you go
What: SouthEastern Ohio Joint Solid Waste Management District's electronics collection event in Morgan County.
When: 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday and Tuesday.
Where: Mary Hammond Adult Activity Center, 900 South Riverside Drive, McConnelsville.
Devola resident Jo Bowers, 53, has taken advantage of the event in the past and did so again Wednesday.
"I brought a VCR that eats tapes and I have an old calculator from when the children were in high school and old cell phones," she said. "I'm very thankful for this program to be able to dispose of it properly."
As Bob Hooper pointed out, some people do not dispose of their electronics properly, which is why the collection event is so important.
"I have a farm next to Veto and we've found them off the road there," said Hooper, 59, of Marietta, who dropped off a television at the event Wednesday.
Layman resident Shirley Grosklos, 76, also dropped off items at the event Wednesday.
"I brought two computers - one of them belonged to my neighbor - and a printer and a big radio with a handle," she said. "I think it's really great to be able to bring your stuff here...my son's computer's been sitting in the basement for 25 years."
"You can't give this stuff away because there's new technology and no one wants them," Grosklos added.
Reiter said if it weren't for the event, folks would be hard pressed to find somewhere to drop off their unwanted electronics.
"Waste haulers don't pick TVs up as a rule and computers have value to the dismantlers," he said.
Reiter noted that all of the items collected at the event, with the exception of televisions, will be sent to E-Scrap Solutions in Cleveland. He described that facility as "top notch" and said folks should rest assured that the data on their unwanted computers will be cleaned off properly.
Reiter said all televisions collected will go to a landfill.