Tuesday, April 27, 2010


Darke County Employee, Dave Acker, loads one of the many
stacks of computer monitors recycled at the Solid Waste
District sponsored Electronics Recycling Day.

The Darke County Environmental Council for Business and Industry, the Darke County Solid Waste Management District, and Chesapeake Electronics Recycling are joining forces to sponsor a “FREE” Electronics Recycling Day on May 20, from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., in the swine barn at the Darke County Fairgrounds. Vehicles will enter the front gate, will go through the swine barn to be unloaded and will go out the back gate of the fairgrounds to prevent congestion. During this event, the district will accept non-perishable food items to be taken to one of our local food pantries.

Anyone interested in participating in this program must be preregistered by May 10. In addition to the Darke County Solid Waste Management District Office at 603 Wagner Ave; Suite C in Greenville, telephone 937-547-0827, preregistration forms can also be printed from the district’s website at www.co.darke.oh.us/solidwaste. Preregistration prevents long lines and longer waits because each person participating is assigned a specific time to bring in electronics. In other counties where preregistration did no occur, participants waited as long as two hours to recycle their electronics.

The program, which is “free” to all Darke County businesses, industries, schools, nonprofit organizations and residents, will involve the participation and support of nine Darke County agencies to make it work. These Darke County agencies are the adult probation office’s community service and litter collection department, the board of county commissioners, buildings and grounds department, common pleas court, municipal court, general health district’s environmental division, and the agricultural society. Best of all, neither your tax dollars nor the county’s general fund are being used to fund this program!! The Solid Waste District uses fees collected from area disposal companies to fund this program.

Electronics equipment can be very expensive to throw away or even recycle. Local businesses can pay as high as $820 to have electronics hauled to a disposal site. Computers, especially, which go out of date as fast as they come on the market, can be extremely costly. Darke County residents can pay as much as $20 per monitor to have their computer or television monitors recycled. Because of the expense, many organizations have large storage areas full of equipment that they will never use again. Many homeowners also have used electronics building up in their attics, basements, and garages.

All equipment that is brought in for recycling will be picked up and taken to Environmental Recycling in Bowling Green, Ohio. The electronics will be repaired and rebuilt for reuse or will be disassembled for recycling. The company will not accept large and heavy items such as console televisions, stoves, large floor copiers, refrigerators and air conditioners, which contain freon. Other than these items, CER will accept any electronics, computer equipment, and peripheral. Some of these items may include computers (CPUs, CRTs, PCs), keyboards, monitors, printers, typewriters, adding machines, calculators, table-top copiers, portable televisions (no consoles), small kitchen appliances such as microwaves and toaster ovens, radios, telephonic equipment, manufacturing equipment, cables, cords, and other electronic wiring.

Because of the burden electronic equipment places on disposal landfills, the environment, and natural resources, some states have banned electronics disposal in landfills. The Solid Waste District has tried to keep electronics out of landfills by sponsoring Electronics Recycling Days in 2001, when 70,000 pounds were collected; in 2002, when 74,000 pounds were collected, in 2004, when 84,000 pounds were collected, in 2006, when almost 111,000 pounds were collected, and in 2008, when almost 185,000 pounds were collected.

On Electronics Recycling Day, Daryl Riffle and the Darke County Agricultural Society are allowing the collection to take place in the Swine Barn on the fairgrounds. James Schaar, Chairman of the Darke County Environmental Council, Krista Fourman, Director of the Darke County Solid Waste Management District, and Linda McKibben, Administrative Assistant for the Solid Waste District are responsible for planning, promoting, and coordinating the program. For more information, call 937-547-0827.

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