Gambier now has easy drop-off for recycling electronics
March 24, 2016 - 10:46 PM
GAMBIER — Knox County residents will have a new way to recycle
televisions, laptops, cables, cellphones and video game systems starting
April 17 at the 10th annual Earth Day Festival at Kenyon College.
A shipping container will be placed near the Gambier Community Center, 115 Meadow Lane, and open 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
during the festival held at the nearby Kenyon Athletic Center. After
the event, the container will be open the first and third Saturdays of
every month for anyone in the county to drop off everyday electronic
The Delaware, Knox, Marion, Morrow Joint Solid Waste
District awarded Kenyon a $15,200 grant to establish the electronics
recycling location as well as to improve recycling collection and
signage across campus.
Kenyon’s Director of Green Initiatives
Dave Heithaus believes the partnership is “exactly the sort of direction
that the College wants to go in, in terms of providing service to the
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency estimates that
Americans recycle less than 20 percent of their electronic waste. Many
electronic devices contain toxic metals, such as lead or mercury. In
landfills, these chemicals either leach into the groundwater or diffuse
into the atmosphere. Jenna Hicks, director of the solid waste district
that made the grant, said part of her mission is “to keep as much stuff
out of the landfill as possible.”
Hicks said the district’s
annual electronics recycling event can’t keep pace with the large amount
of discarded electronics in the area. “Knox County [is] kind of a black
hole with TV recycling,” she said.
Though most items can be
dropped at the Gambier location free of charge, there is a $20 fee to
recycle televisions with cathode ray tubes and a $5 fee to recycle
computer monitors with cathode ray tubes.
Kenyon recently raised
the stakes on its commitment to sustainability with the signing of the
American College and University Presidents’ Climate Commitment. “The
amount of solid waste that you can divert from the landfills will be a
part of the carbon calculation,” Heithaus said. The College diverts 24
percent of its trash from landfills now, and Heithaus hopes the improved
electronics recycling and other new recycling infrastructure will boost
that to 35 percent.
During the Earth Day event, residents may
also bring up to five boxes of paper to be safely shredded. Paper
documents will be stored in locked totes and be transported to Royal
Document Destruction, a certified shredding company in Gahanna that has
been in business more than 20 years.
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