Event diverts tons of electronics from landfill
Goodwill will collect e-waste, including CRT TVs, monitors, free of charge
The city of Grandview Heights has a new co-sponsor for its e-Waste Recycling Day program.
Goodwill Columbus takes over from Possitivity, which has gone out of business, said service department secretary Pam Rybak.
The next event will be held from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Oct. 19 at the city's service department complex, 1525 Goodale Blvd.
Residents again will be able to bring their unwanted electronic and computer equipment to the recycling drive for safe disposal.
"Goodwill had called us one day last year and told us of their interest in hosting the event," Rybak said. "We're really excited that they have stepped up to help us keep the program going."
"We've been partnering with other organizations to do similar events in central Ohio, most notably with Franklin County commissioners," said Kat Ellery, Goodwill's community outreach coordinator.
"We're particularly excited to be working with Grandview, because we're based in Grandview," Ellery said. "This is our community, so we're pleased to be able to do something that benefits the community."
Goodwill also benefits, because many of the items it collects at e-waste recycling drives can be sold in its retail stores, she said.
The proceeds are funneled back into Goodwill's mission of sustaining and creating work opportunities for individuals with disabilities and other barriers, Ellery said.
For Grandview, the e-waste recycling drive helps to reduce the number of electronic devices the city takes to the landfill, said Sanitation Supervisor Mike Shankle.
At some point, the city no longer will accept e-waste as part of its regular trash collection, he said.
"The recycling drive is good for the environment and it saves the city money, too," Shankle said.
At the city's last e-waste recycling day in May, more than 11,000 pounds of materials were collected, Rybak said.
"It was an amazing amount," she said.
The success of the e-waste recycling program is not surprising, given the Grandview community's high level of participation in the city's regular recycling program, Shankle said.
A benefit for residents participating in the Oct. 19 e-waste recycling drive: Unlike Possitivity, Goodwill will not charge a fee for collecting CRT monitors and televisions, he said.
Items that will be accepted, all at no cost, include:
* All cords.
* Calculators and typewriters.
* Cellphones and telephones.
* Computers, computer components and monitors.
* Fax machines, copiers, scanners, printers and ink and toner cartridges.
* Christmas lights.
* VCRs, DVD players, tapes and eight tracks, CDs, stereos, MP3 players, video-game consoles and stereo equipment.
* Chargers, power adapters and lithium ion (rechargeable) batteries.
* Networking equipment and connectors.
* Digital cable boxes and audiovisual equipment.
* Vacuum cleaners, microwave ovens and fitness equipment.
Motorists should enter the service department parking lot from Goodale Boulevard onto Glendale Avenue, Rybak said. After their items are collected, they can exit the lot on Glendale to Douglas Street and onto Grandview Avenue.
Goodwill will data-wipe or destroy all hard drives that may contain sensitive information at no charge, Shankle said.