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Chances to dump e-waste, bulk items slated

Electronics can be recycled May 10; bulk items will be picked up May 13-16

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An upcoming e-waste recycling day will make it easy as ABC for residents to safely dispose of their unwanted electronic and computer equipment.

The city of Grandview Heights again will partner with Goodwill Columbus for the event, set from noon to 5 p.m. May 10 at the city's service department, 1525 Goodale Blvd.

"We've been amazed at the response we've had at our previous e-waste collections," service department secretary Pam Rybak said.

In October, about 10,500 pounds of material were collected, she said.

Most of the participants in the city's previous three e-waste collections were Grandview or Marble Cliff residents, Rybak said.

It probably shouldn't be surprising that area residents come out in droves for the recycling event, Mayor Ray DeGraw said.

The city's regular recycling program has a 78 percent participation rate, which may be the highest in the county, he said.

On May 10, residents will be able to bring computers, monitors, cellphones, electronics and small household appliances to the service department. Goodwill will remove all data left on PDAs, cellphones and computers.

Large appliances will not be accepted, Rybak said.

"We will have two semis this year to put materials in to help traffic move more quickly through the site," she said.

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.

Residents may enjoy having an easy way to safely dispose of their computer and electronic equipment, but the city benefits as well, Street Supervisor Steve McKnight said.

"It's all material we don't have to take to the landfill," he said.

Taking materials to the landfill costs the city about $42.75 per ton "just to dump it," he said.

E-waste recycling is simply the environmentally right thing to do, DeGraw said.

"The biggest thing is to get this stuff out of the landfill and disposed of properly," he said.

Goodwill, which helps coordinate a number of central Ohio e-waste recycling events, also benefits because it is able to sell some of the items it collects at its retail stores.

On the heels of the e-waste event, the city will hold its annual Spring Cleanup Week from May 13-16.

The city will collect bulk items free of charge for Grandview and Marble Cliff residents.

Residents should put the bulk items at the curb on their regular trash day only, McKnight said. Residents with alley service should place their items next to the alley.

Some items may be collected before other items, "so if there are still items sitting there, don't worry -- we'll be coming to get them," he said.

No construction debris or soil will be accepted, McKnight said.

For more information about the Spring Cleanup, call the service department at 614-488-4728.

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