Tallmadge -- Residents can go green while eliminating household clutter by taking advantage of a free electronics recycling collection Saturday.
The fourth Tallmadge Electronics Recycling Drive is scheduled from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Oct. 26 at Tallmadge High School, 140 N. Munroe Road. The drive will be conducted, rain or shine, and participants are asked to enter from the East Avenue driveway.
"Basically, this enables residents and businesses to recycle their unused, obsolete or old electronic equipment," said Tallmadge Information Services Manager Lloyd Alger.
The first drive took place in 2008, but it was skipped in 2009 because there was one associated with the Community Expo that year. Alger said the drive resumed in 2010 and 2011, which was the largest turnout to date, with about 1,500 cars dropping off materials.
Alger said the city is more prepared for the drive this year than in 2011, and hopes for shorter lines and more efficient removal of recyclables.
The city plans to offer these drives every two years.
This year's drive, like the previous drives, allows participants to turn in electronics free of charge. Normally, there is a fee of around $10 to recycle some items, such as large televisions.
Also, as in past years, the city is absorbing all those costs.
Alger said the city paid about $7,000 in 2011 for the recycling drive, which covered the cost of labor, advertising and trucks to haul away the materials.
Alger said he hopes for the largest participation ever this year, noting that 75,409 pounds of electronic equipment was collected in 2011. Alger said on-site labor will be available to help unload heavy items.
Electronics with personal or confidential information, such as computers and cell phones, will be destroyed in accordance with procedures established by the Department of Defense, said Alger, so no one has to worry about "data being stolen by someone else."
"All people have to do is show up, and we'll take care of the rest," he added.
Alger encourages everyone to participate because the drive is not only free, but it also benefits the earth. Many electronic devices contain corrosive liquids that are harmful to people and the environment if not properly disposed of.
"This is one of the acceptable means for getting rid of that equipment," Alger said.
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