By Frank Lewis
Have you ever wanted to replace your old computer or monitor and wonder what to do with it? Do you ever look at important papers and find you are reluctant to dispose of them because of the vulnerability of trash? Those are situations the recycling efforts of the Lawrence/Scioto Solid Waste Management District deal with every day.
Friday, the agency set up a recycling center, including a shredding system on the parking lot at Valley Wholesale Foods in Portsmouth. Dan Palmer, Director of the Lawrence/Scioto Solid Waste Management District, was overseeing the operation as nearly 40 cars had brought items in by noon.
“We offer many programs to the people of our district,” Palmer said. “I believe in this. This is something we like to offer every spring to the residents of Scioto County. Where else can you go and get rid of your e-waste, your computers, your laptops, your monitors, your keyboards, your cellphones, you name it. We are taking it today. You get that free, properly disposed of and at the same time get important documents shredded free.”
The shredding system utilized by the Waste Management District reduces documents to confetti sized pieces, unlike some home and office shredders which only shred them in strips that can be taped together and read. In fact, the company doing the shredding recently worked at a plant in which they reduced documents to an almost dust form.
“At the end of the day all of this is taken to Rumpke and it’s baled and it’s recycled,” Palmer said. “He takes that up there and they compile all this in a bail. It’s taken to Columbus and all that paper is recycled again. The same with the computers and stuff, it is recycled. So I hope the people take advantage of these programs we offer to them at no charge.”
Palmer said the event is offered every spring. He said he prepares a list of events in January each year. Palmer said the District will hold the Portsmouth Citywide Cleanup on the second Saturday in June.
“We need help,” Palmer said. “We need your assistance - churches, groups, civic clubs, we’re all going to clean up this city, so come and help us. Be a part of it.”
On the last Saturday of September, as they do every year, the District will hold their Household Hazardous Waste disposal.
“We do close to 300 cars from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m. That’s amazing,” Palmer said. “You can get rid of virtually everything. We’ll have e-waste again. We’ll have any of your chemicals that you’ve accumulated at your house. In addition we’ll be collecting the pharmaceuticals, the needles and the pills. It’s free and you can get rid of tires as well. So watch for the ads. We’ll be running them in the Daily Times come August to give people ample time to prepare and clean out their garages and other places.”
Cars, SUVs and trucks pulled by the orange cones and workers collected computers, boxes of documents and other items as Palmer looked on.
“Let’s don’t pitch out on the county roads,” Palmer said. “Let’s take pride in our communities. Let’s clean it up. It takes all of us working together.”
Frank Lewis can be reached at 740-353-3101, Ext. 252, or on Twitter @FrankLewispdt.