Over 17,000 pounds of electronic waste recycled during Rookwood drop off | Environment
CINCINNATI, OH (FOX19) - Keep Cincinnati Beutiful and Whole Foods invited residents to take part in an electronic waste recycle event over the weekend.
The “One Stop Drop”, was held Saturday in honor of America Recycles Day. Residents were encouraged to participate by bringing hard-to-recycle items like electronic waste to one convenient drop off location for free recycling. 2TRG, an e-StewardsÒ certified electronics recycler, provided free recycling for a wide variety of electronic waste including computer monitors, audio equipment, printers, and more. They collected over 17,000 pounds of e-waste and dozens of TVs.
The e-waste will be diverted from the landfill and recycled locally at 2TRG’s Blue Ash facility.
In addition to e-waste, participants dropped off 1,285 pounds of batteries, 472 lamps and light bulbs, 167 cell phones and chargers, thousands of #5 plastic containers and plastic bags, and over 800 used pens and markers. Local environmental organizations including Rumpke, the Cincinnati Zoo, and the Hamilton County Recycling and Solid Waste District were on hand to share new initiatives with participants and answer questions about recycling. The event lasted from 10amto 3pm outside of the Whole Foods Market Cincinnati location in Rookwood Commons.
Electronic waste is the fastest-growing portion of the municipal waste stream, growing by close to 5% annually. Current recycling rates sit at a low 10% to 18% even though electronics are full of valuable resources like silver, gold, titanium, aluminum, copper, and more.