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Saturday Electronics Recycling Will Keep Hazardous Waste Out of Landfills

Saturday Electronics Recycling Will Keep Hazardous Waste Out of Landfills

Tabitha Clark - Marion Star

MARION - While many people have opinions about the junk that is shown on television today, few understand the junk inside a television can be dangerous if not disposed of properly.

That's why the Delaware Knox Marion Morrow Solid Waste District is sponsoring a TV and electronics recycling day from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday at the Marion County Fairgrounds.

"We're mainly collecting televisions," said Angie Carbetta of the Marion County Recycling and Litter Prevention program. "It is such a problem item to recycle. They cost money to process, and there is nowhere to recycle televisions in Marion."

There will be a $10 fee at the drop-off to recycle televisions. There is no charge for other electronics.

While this collection day will take all electronics, it is a special collection to focus on televisions and raise awareness about electronics waste.

Recycling electronics and televisions saves landfill space, keeps toxins out of the environment and recovers precious metals and recyclable plastic, Carbetta said.

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Marion County's first TV drop-off a success

Marion County's first TV drop-off a success

MARION - Organizers of the first Marion County recycling collection to allow televisions didn't know what to expect before Saturday.

They quickly discovered it would be a success when they saw a line of vehicles waiting an hour before they opened in front of Buffalo Wild Wings and didn't see the line slow down throughout the afternoon.

Marion County Recycling and Litter Prevention partnered with the city and Accurate IT Recycling Services of Columbus to collect all types of electronics including computers and televisions. MCRLP Director Angie Carbetta said it was the first time a collection in the county accepted televisions, widely not accepted because they are a hazard and expensive to process.

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