One person's trash is another's recyclable
Sun, 23 Oct 2011 04:29:02 GMT —
Do you ever feel like the minute you buy a new gagdet, another bigger and better one comes along soon after?
As technology keeps expanding, so do our piles of unwanted electronics. Saturday, Adams County residents got help in clearing our their old electronics at the Adams County Health Department's Electronic Waste Collection. But it won't go to the dump.
"This is a fantastic turnout, I've never seen it in my three years backed up on 4th street before." said Leo Mueller, a sanitarian with the Adams County Health Department.
Hundreds of area residents drove up to the site bringing loads of electronics no longer wanted. It's a safe and legal alternative to dumping them elsewhere.
"Sometimes it will end up in the trash. It's very disappointing to see televisions in creeks. It's bad enough to think of putting it in a landfill, but to pollute our waters and streams is even worse," said Mueller.
"I've seen TV's out in the country laying on the road. This saves them from being out in the dump, so I just think it's an awesome idea," said Honeybee Miles, who dropped off several old computers at the event.
Everything will be sent to a recycling company to be torn down and recycled in an environmentally friendly fashion. Even TV's from a few years ago made the recyclable piles.
"You get a lot of big, old console televisions, some very heavy televisions," said Mueller.
One of the most interesting drop offs Saturday?
"I saw a remote control helicopter. That was pretty cool," said Mueller.
That's just one of thousands of electronics you won't see in a landfill anytime soon. If you missed out on Saturday's electronic drop off, the health department will host another in the Spring.