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May 21, 2013

E-Cycling a success

Over 1,500 show up, 4,052 pounds collected for recycling

CORBIN — By Jeff Noble / Staff Writer

For six hours this past Saturday, over two tons of recycled material made its way to South Main Street, as Corbin Recycling Center held their annual spring recycling event.

Translated, that means 4,052 pounds of electronics, computer hardware and other recyclable items were brought in to the center during the drive, which went on from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Turnout was also hefty for the event, known as “E-Cycle Saturday.” It specializes in taking old electronic equipment to be recycled, and is usually held in April or May.

Corbin Recycling director Steve Mills estimated around 1,500 people came down to bring in old equipment and other recyclable stuff to the center.

“They came down and they brought everything last Saturday. The parking lot was full for most of the day. Things were a little slow during the first hour, but after 10 a.m. it picked up real good and stayed that way for the rest of the day,” Mills said.

He added that not only were people coming down to recycle, but they were calling days in advance with questions about what they could bring.

“We got calls for days from folks about recycling, and they followed up by coming in and bringing loads of stuff. We had one car load that was full of stuff that needed to be recycled. Then we had a van load, and that was full of computers, laptops, vacuum cleaners, you name it.”

They brought in everything to recycle, including plastics, glass bottles and jars, mixed paper and newspaper, and cans. And since Saturday’s event spotlighted electronics and electrical appliances, those were the biggest items to make the top three list.

Old computer monitors and hard drives were number one, according to Mills.

That was followed by old analog TV’s that are no longer used in this age of digital TV, as well as stereos and vacuum cleaners. In fact, over 100 old analog TV’s found their way to be recycled Saturday, and all but one were taken away Monday morning.

Microwave ovens, toasters, coffee makers, toaster ovens and other kitchen appliances were third on the list that was most brought in by people at the center.

Mills said many people were very complimentary to the staff about the recycling event, especially about it being held on a Saturday.

“One woman in particular thanked us for having it at a time when they’re off from work and we can take their recyclable materials for them. Usually we’re closed on Saturdays but once a year, we remain open for this chance to let them come down and recycle.

Recycling of electronics and other materials continues to go on at the center during the week. The Corbin Recycling Center is open Monday through Friday from 7 a.m.-3:30 p.m. and is located at 805 South Main Street. More information on what can and cannot be recycled can be obtained by calling them at 280-5512.

Mills said that due to the success of Saturday’s recycling, another Saturday event is being planned for this fall.

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