The latest estimate? At least 13 tons of electronic waste collected, including a box of batteries close to 200 lbs. from a man who knew throwing them in the trash was a bad idea, and saved them for years because he didn’t know where to take them! That’s over last year’s limit. So exciting! When the actual numbers are tallied, they’ll be posted in the comments.
Parked in the St. Marys Tribune parking lot, Recycling E-scrap, the EPA-approved recycling facility from Jacksonville, FL and Sentry Data Management from Blackshear, GA rolled out their red carpets. And what a perfect day for it–sunny and cold. The EarthKeepers flowed in to volunteer. And the cars simply did not stop coming. One after another. Some recycling electronics, some paper, many both. One of the EK members leaned toward open windows asking, “Paper or plastic?”
And the generous citizens of St. Marys, Kingsland and Woodbine donated kindly to the EarthKeepers cause. They walked over, even doubling back around to drop money in the coffee can I normally use to collect my kitchen food scraps for compost. I couldn’t believe it. In this economy? THANK YOU A MILLION TIMES OVER TO THE CITIZENS OF CAMDEN COUNTY FOR YOUR DONATIONS OF MONEY, TIME, AND THE WASTE YOU SAVED FROM THE LANDFILL.
I mostly enjoyed meeting the other green-minded folks that mulled around talking politics and visiting with one another. I met members of the city council, people born and raised in St. Marys and those that moved here and “just stayed.”
The community wanted this service. They asked questions. They shouted out, “Good morning!” They showed up and brought massive amounts of ‘stuff’ no longer usable. As Alex Kearns, the Chair of the Board of Directors of St. Marys EarthKeepers says, “If you make it easy for people to recycle, they will come.”
The turn out was great. The volunteers were fabulous. And the difference this event made– tons of waste NOT landfill bound.
Last year’s event gave Savannah, GA the idea to throw their own e-scrap recycling event. Who can we encourage this year?
Other recycling articles:
- As World’s Largest Landfill Closes, Mexico City Fights Trash Pileup (huffingtonpost.com)
- Busch Systems’ New Metal Recycling Container Provides Both Fire Resistance and Customized Openings (prweb.com)
- Recycling on Steroids (doyourpart.com)
- Senate Resolution Supports Scrap Metal Recycling Industry (forbes.com)