Individuals and businesses who would like to recycle their electronic devices or safely dispose of larger products such as televisions and computers are welcome to drop off their items at the Community Recycling Day on Saturday, April 5, from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. in the Oak Hills High School parking lot, 3200 Ebenezer Road, Cincinnati, OH, 45248. The College of Mount St. Joseph’s Environmental Action Committee (EAC), in collaboration with the Oak Hills School District, is working with Recycle Force, a company from Indianapolis, which will dispose of the materials in a safe way.
Anything with an electrical cord will be accepted, including telephone systems, computers, monitors, scanners, laserdisc players, computer keyboards, printers, VCR/DVD/CD players, fax machines, game systems, copiers, microwaves, surge protectors, cash registers, power cables, electronic wiring, and satellite TV components. Larger items such as refrigerators, washers, dryers, and dishwashers also accepted. A $10 donation is requested for all CRT televisions and monitors and $20 donation is requested for all refrigerant-containing appliances.
Recycle Force will de-manufacture higher-grade materials such as televisions, computers and monitors and will wipe hard-drives clean of all data to address any privacy concerns. Broken down scrap metals are collected, packaged and sold to build new components. Electronic waste contains a number of toxic elements, such as lead and mercury, which should be disposed of carefully. Recycle Force hires formerly incarcerated people and helps them rebuild their lives by providing transitional jobs and increasing their chance of sustained future employment.
Cell phones, charging cords and phone accessories will also be accepted for the Cincinnati Zoo’s “Project Saving Species” program, which helps protect gorillas and their habitat in Africa by minimizing the amount of coltan (an ore used in cell phones) that needs to be mined. The goal is to collect 200 cell phones.
Cell phones and accessories are also being collected before the recycling day by Oak Hills’ J.F. Dulles Elementary student, Jack McSwiggin from now until Friday, March 21st, as part of the Zoo’s “Go Bananas” Challenge. Drop-off bins can be found at Hatting’s Supermarket, Aromas Java and Gelato, Bridgetown Finer Meats, and Supreme Nut and Candy (all on Bridgetown Road), Fifth Third Bank on Ebenezer Road, Delhi Pet Supply on Rapid Run Road, Diane’s Restaurant on Anderson Ferry Road, and the Cincinnati Bell Telephone Store in Glenway Crossing.
If you have questions, please call Colleen McSwiggin at 513-244-4864.