Electronics Recycling Effort A Success

Ohio County residents turned out last week for an electronics recycling day in the county – and more than 32 tons of discarded televisions and computers were collected, according to organizers.

Items brought to the event at the Wheeling Operations Center on May 3 were taken in, stacked and then placed on trucks for removal by PC Renewal of Morgantown, said Tammy Bonar, executive director of the Ohio County Solid Waste Authority. The county paid the company a flat rate of $6,000 for the service, and there was no charge to those providing proof of Ohio County residency.

Bonar termed the effort a success, and said more than 32 tons of items were collected.

The amount was actually greater than in larger counties in West Virginia such as Kanawha, where events typically bring in about 30 tons of electronics, according to Bonar.

Issues occurred because the event in Ohio County was so successful, she acknowledged. As many showed up with large televisions and other items, it took time to remove them from their vehicles and trailers. Traffic began to back up on roads around the Wheeling Operations Center as people waited.

Cars could be seen stacked along the Washington Avenue bridge and Mt. de Chantal Road, and some vehicles containing televisions were at a standstill waiting to get off the Interstate 70 exit ramps in the area.

“That’s because it was so successful,” Bonar said. “It may have taken you an hour of your time, but you were able to get rid of items for free.”

The event was the first to take place in Ohio County since 2011. Bonar said future events could be slated, though there could be a charge per item for the recycling.