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Popular e-waste recycling event earns second go-round

By ThisWeek Community News  • 

Following the success of its first e-Waste Recycling Day last October, the city of Grandview Heights is planning another event for May 11.

From noon to 5 p.m. that day, residents will be able to bring their unwanted electronics and computer equipment to the service department complex at 1525 Goodale Blvd. for safe disposal.

The recycling effort is sponsored by the city and Possitivity, a Dublin-based company that includes e-waste recycling among the services it provides.

"Possitivity will have people there who will be able to remove the items from your car," said service department secretary Pam Rybak.

"At last year's event, Possitivity collected 6,600 pounds of items. It was way more than they expected," sanitation supervisor Mike Shankle said. "It was the largest amount of tonnage they had collected at any of their events up to that date."

Grandview's regular recycling program has a high rate of participation, "and I think that carried over" to the e-waste event, he said.

The following items can be dropped off at the recycling day event at no cost:

* Cables, power cords and AC adapters.

* Calculators and typewriters.

* Cellphones and telephones.

* Computers.

* FAX machines.

* Keyboards and mice.

* Laptops and laptop docks.

* LCD (flat panel) monitors.

* PDAs.

* Printers and plotters.

* Routers and switches.

* Scanners.

* Uninterrupted power systems.

CRT monitors and televisions can be dropped off for a $10 fee per item, Rybak said.

"That fee is because of the handling of hazardous material, but I think $10 is a good price to safely get rid of your unwanted monitors and TVs," she said.

Motorists are asked to enter the service department parking lot from Goodale Boulevard onto Glendale Avenue, she said. After their items are collected, drivers can exit the lot on Glendale to Douglas Street and onto Grandview Avenue, Rybak said.

Possitivity will wipe or destroy all hard drives that may contain sensitive information at no charge, Shankle said.

The goal of the e-Waste Recycling Day is to make sure electronic equipment is not deposited at the landfill, he said.

"It's just the right thing to do," Shankle said, adding the city plans to stop collecting e-waste items as part of regular trash collection later this year.

The city also will hold its annual spring clean-up event May 14-17.

During that week, city crews will collect bulk items free of charge from Grandview and Marble Cliff residents. Items should be set out on regular trash days only.

No construction debris or soil will be accepted, and the city no longer collects refrigerators, freezers, air-conditioning units or dehumidifiers, Shankle said.

For more information about either program, call the service department at 614-488-4728.

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