As 2013 is quickly drawing to a close, a couple of numbers are jumping out at me. First is 52,288. That’s the number of pounds of electronics that Cass County residents have brought to us for recycling this year. And there are at least another 4,000 pounds waiting to be taken away.
People are doing the right thing. Televisions can not legally go in the landfill, and we are providing a no-cost, environmentally friendly way for residents to recycle them. The Solid Waste District is a registered collector of electronics with the Indiana Department of Environmental Management, and we partner with RecycleForce for the proper disposal of not only televisions, but computers, game systems, and essentially almost anything with a cord.
While we will continue taking electronics five days a week, by appointment through the District office, we do have another opportunity for you. The CCSWMD and RecycleForce will be hosting another community electronics recycling event from 9 a.m. to noon Jan. 4 in the Upper Pavilion area at Spencer Park in Logansport. This should allow people to drive around with their electronics, have them unloaded and then exit onto High Street quickly. During a similar event in July, over 16,000 pounds of electronics were collected.
The RecycleForce crew will be there collecting things like: Telephone systems, cellular phones, televisions, personal computers, laptops/notebooks, integrated circuits, desktop computers/CPUs, mainframe computers, Laserdisc players, scanners, computer keyboards, printers, VCR/DVD/CD players, fax machines and games systems.
While RecycleForce is asking for a $10 donation for all CRT (cathode ray tube) televisions and monitors, and $20 for all refrigerant containing appliances, that is only a recommendation, and no fee is required.
There are a couple of things that are unique about this event. First, we are not only going to be taking electronics from Cass County residents on that day, but we are going to open it up to businesses as well. This is only the second time we have been able to do this.
I would just ask, that if a business has a large number of electronics, say more than 10 computers or more than five televisions, that they call the District office to let me know. We want to make sure there is enough space for all of the electronics that will be brought that day. The office number is simply: 574-Recycle (574-732-9253).
Second, thanks to the efforts of Dan Williams and the Logansport Department of Public Works, there will also be a Christmas Tree collection at the event. So, you can bring your old televisions and computers, and after you have taken off the lights and decorations from the tree, you can bring it to Spencer Park that day as well.
A big thanks as well to Jan Fawley and the Logansport Parks Department and Board for allowing us to use Spencer Park again. It is a terrific facility for events like this, and our R-Days.
Also, I want people to know that the CCSWMD now has a Facebook page, which is another avenue to pass along important event dates and recycling information. So if you have a chance, just search Facebook for Cass County Solid Waste Management District, and feel free to like us.
It’s another valuable way for you to provide us with feedback and suggestions as well.
Oh, and the other number I was referring to at the beginning of the column was 15,450. That’s the number of pounds of material area residents brought to the Tox-Away, or Household Hazardous Waste Day, at the end of October.
On behalf of the board, our controller Cathy Isaacs, and myself, may you and yours have a very Merry Christmas and a terrific New Year.
Bob Ehle is executive director of the Cass County Solid Waste Management District.