Recycling event: 10 tons

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Over 9,000 pounds of electronic waste alone was collected last Saturday.

Residents drop off old electronics, confidential documents 

COVINGTON, Ky. - Some 160 vehicles dropped off almost 10 tons of material in a targeted recycling event held last Saturday in Covington.
 
The weight scales told the story of the success of the annual Recycling Drop-Off Day for Electronic Waste and Paper Shredding: 
  • 9,291 pounds of electronics (i.e. old computers, TVs, printers etc.), as measured by Cleanlites Recycling, a private vendor which disassembles and disposes of electronic waste.
  • 10,000 pounds of paper (confidential documents that needed to be shredded), as measured by Shred-it, an authorized document destruction center. 
“Ironically, this was a slight shift in what was brought in, since last year we had 11,791 pounds of electronics and 8,000 pounds of paper,” said Shannon Ratterman, with Keep Covington Beautiful (KCB) and The Center for Great Neighborhoods (CGN).
 
“Of course the key thing to remember is what it accomplished: We kept all the hazardous chemicals from those devices from eventually leaching into the earth, and we helped people clean out stashes of documents while protecting their privacy,” she said.
 
KCB and CGN co-hosted the event in partnership with the City of Covington. It was held in the parking lot of Holmes High School.
 
“I want to give a huge thanks to everybody who dropped off stuff,” Ratterman said. “Overall it was a great event that went very smoothly thanks to some great vendors and great volunteers.”
 
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