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June 5, 2013

E-waste collection held despite rainy weather

MT. VERNON — — Rain did not put a damper on Saturday's E-waste Disposal event in Mt. Vernon, which drew roughly 140 people despite the inclement weather.

And while this total does not equal the results of last year's collection, it does show that area residents are very interested in the service, organizers said. At the event, people could drop off their unwanted electronics for proper disposal.

“We're having to push through a little bit of rain on our end, but overall it's not stopping the success of our event,” said Greg Hollmann, associate professor at Rend Lake College, which sponsored the collection. “Most of the people that roll in are really relieved to have a place to drop their stuff off.”

One such person was Mt. Vernon resident Jennifer Riley, who brought in some old computer screens and satellite boxes Saturday. She was grateful for the chance to recycle the items.

“Basically, I went through all my stuff to see what I had and that's all I had,” Riley said. “I'm a recycler. I love to recycle.”

Brodrick Hawn of Mt. Vernon dropped off numerous items Saturday, including LCD monitors and computer parts. He works at St. Mary Grade School, which always recycles responsibly, he said.

“(It's) a wonderful opportunity and I hope they do it in the future,” Hawn said of Saturday's event.

This is the second year that RLC has hosted an E-waste Disposal in Mt. Vernon. The plan is to hold the collection annually, on the first Saturday in June, at the Rend Lake MarketPlace on Potomac Boulevard.

“The main benefit from a sustainability, greening type of standpoint is just that all these electronics get put in the right place,” Hollmann said. “It raises a little bit of awareness to folks to let them know to be conscious of what you put in the mainstream waste.”

The 2012 event brought in a total of 36,646 pounds of electronics waste. Most of this, 15,598 pounds, was from old TVs. The items filled up one-and-a-half semi-trailers.

It will be a few weeks yet before organizers know the total weight of Saturday's collection. However, waste from the event did fill up one semi-trailer, Hollmann said.

Vintage Tech, headquartered in Romeoville, handled the disposal for Saturday's event.

For more information, contact Hollmann at 437-5321, ext. 1780.

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