Ultimate Recycling Day on hold

Everything from televisions to motor oil can be recycled.

 

The Ultimate Recycling Day Event (URD) will not be held this spring. Past special events have offered a chance to come together on one day and do something good for the environment. However, there are more and more daily options available that didn’t used to exist. April is known as Earth Month… Let’s do our part!

“The Earth is what we all have in common”! – Wendell Berry

Tires can be taken to most auto garages for a fee or they can be taken directly to Campbell Tire in Zanesville for a fee as well. The Perry County Health Department is hosting a free tire collection event on April 17, 9-noon at Miller High School parking lot. They have special funds to continue holding free events at least once a year.

Freon-type appliances and other scrap metal can be taken to the scrap yard, they are required to contain the Freon and will charge you for that service.

Televisions are expensive to recycle. If under a certain size, they can go to Best Buy for a fee. Call ahead or check online to be sure your TV is under the size they can take. Also, TV’s can be taken to TDR Electronics Recycling in Pataskala for a fee as well. They are Responsible Recyclers; this is why we work with them. TDR takes all electronics with a cord.

The old CRT deep style TV’s have 5 to 8 lbs. of lead in them, also barium and strontium. These materials can be useful if recovered and recycled into new electronic equipment. They help no one if disposed in the landfill… worse yet, if dumped and left along a road where they can deteriorate and contaminate groundwater and nearby streams. Newer flat screen TV’s wear out too; sometimes way sooner than you would hope. More than 30 different precious minerals are mined to create functional parts in a flat screen TV. The trick is safely recovering those materials, which is not a cheap thing to do. To responsibly and legally work as an electronics recycler (or any other business for that matter) there are ALWAYS costs; including up-to-date permits and ongoing safe and PROPER operation costs.

Used motor oil can be taken to the county engineer during the week. Other options include: Northern Local Bus Garage, Boley’s Tractor-Equipment Repair and Welding; and most auto supply stores (take maximum number of gallons each day).

Lead-acid batteries can be taken to auto parts shops for a credit referred to as the ‘core’ toward the purchase of your next battery. Core charges promote battery recycling. In all 50 states, retailers can charge for battery core, and in over 30 states, it is required by law. It is law in Ohio. In many cases, these shops will pay you current value price for each car battery as well.

Household batteries, such as AA, AAA, C, D, 9-volt, etc. are accepted at 12 drop off locations around Perry County. Locations include: PC Recycling office, PCHD, JFS, Children’s Services, PCBDD, Shriver’s in Crooksville, Roseville Village Office, Northside in Somerset, SPICE in New Straitsville, Junction City, Corning and Thornville libraries. As always, we encourage rechargeable batteries because they can be reused much longer than alkaline, plus they have more value when getting recycled.

More manufactures are finally stepping up to the commitment of environmental responsibility. It is important to always question where and how materials are recycled at end of use, and to demand producer responsibility for these products.

The Perry County Waste Reduction & Recycling program works to promote the sustainable use of raw materials and natural resources by always encouraging everyone to Waste Less & Recycle RIGHT to help Perry County (and beyond) be Green and Clean! Please do your part. Happy Earth Month!

Submitted by Matt Reed, director & Katrina Carpenter, education specialist. For more info: www.perryrecycling.com 740-342-7881.

 

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