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E-waste recycling added to April 13 Shredding Day


The next Northland Community Shredding Day will offer those who show up Saturday, April 13, the opportunity to get rid of personal papers they no longer need and old electronics they no longer want.

In addition to the mobile shredding unit provided by Fireproof Records Center, recycling of electronic waste will be offered from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Franklin County Early Voting Center, 1700 Morse Road, a former Kohl's department store.

"I think it's a great, great addition for people who have old computers, monitors, TVs, et cetera," Northland Community Council President Emmanuel V. Remy said.

The events, which the community council has been putting on in the spring and fall for several years, also serve as food drives for the Mid-Ohio Foodbank. Those taking advantage of the free chance to protect themselves from identity theft by having old documents shredded are asked to bring three or more nonperishable food items to donate.

The e-waste will be accepted by personnel from RecycleForce Columbus, based on Britains Lane off Cleveland Avenue.

According to its website, RecycleForce Columbus "deconstructs" electronic waste and other recyclables provided by residents and corporate partners, then recycles the materials and disposes of the waste safely and cleanly.

"The scrap metals and other reusable materials collected in this process are then sold to help pay for job training programs and employment opportunities for formerly incarcerated men and women in order to support their re-entry back into society," the website says.

Dave Paul, chairman of the NCC's development committee, approached RecycleForce Columbus about being involved in shredding day, according to Remy.

"I don't know if it's going to be an ongoing thing," he added.

The flier for the April 13 event lists computers, components, VCRs, DVD players, audio players, tapes, CDs, stereos, telephones, cell phones, PDAs, cameras, power adapters, printers, copiers, scanners and faxes as among the items accepted.

Representatives from the company will help unload vehicles. A $5 donation and disposal fee is required for computer and video monitors, as well as television sets up to 27 inches. The fee is $10 for televisions larger than 27 inches.

Although sponsored by the Northland Community Council, RecycleForce Columbus and the Northland Area Business Association State Route 161 Task Force, the event is open to anyone.