The day was kind of gloomy and that kind of day lends itself to event failures, but at the Lawrence/Scioto Solid Waste Management District’s E-Waste and Shred Day, Friday, at Valley Wholesale Foods in Portsmouth, the weather had no effect on area residents looking to dispose of items.
“We had a very, very good turnout. I was well pleased,” LSSWMD Director Dan Palmer said. “We had 61 vehicles for document shredding and we totaled 5,000 pounds of shredding. We had approximately 55 vehicles for e-waste, which was 6,000 pounds. That is very, very good.” In comparison to last year, he event drew 175 vehicles.
A similar event was held on Saturday in Ironton and drew only 70 vehicles.
“It was beautiful weather,” Palmer said. “You never know what a turnout is going to be.”
Between the two events, 186 vehicles came through, collecting 9,440 pounds of shredding and 9,000 pounds of e-waste.
“We provided a way for people to get rid of their computers, cell phones, copiers and all that in the right way,” Palmer said. “It’s another program we offer free to the public.”
Palmer said it is encouraging to see so many more people participating.
“Over the last two years, we’ve see tremendous growth in this,” Palmer said.
Palmer said there are three cleanups scheduled for Scioto County this week.
Tuesday, May 16 at 12:30 p.m. at Green High School.
Thursday, May 18 at Portsmouth West High School.
Friday, May 19 at Clay High School.
“I got with the (Scioto) County Engineer,” Palmer said. “We’re shutting down Rosemount again for two-and-a-half hours on Friday. The only way I’ll do that is to shut it down for the safety factor. That is just one horrible site in Scioto County where people pitch their litter.”
Palmer said the cleanup events this week will complete the spring cleanups that the LSSWMD has done with area high schools.
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