MARION — The City of Marion held its popular electronic recycling day over the weekend at the Training Center on Boulevard Street, and despite overcast skies and some rainfall Saturday morning, the turnout was huge.
That didn’t surprise the city’s IT Director Terance Henry, who oversees the effort to help keep area landscapes and landfills free of the unused and unwanted electronics, home appliances, and many other metal household and office items.
“We’re happy to offer this service to our citizens and we’ve been more than pleased with their response each time,” he said.
Henry also said that last year alone they were able to divert over 34,000 items which included over 3,000 flat screens televisions and over another 10,000 CRT and projection screen TV’s.
In addition to city workers helping out, members of the Marion High School basketball and football teams pitched in to help unload and stack the thousands of recyclable items brought in.
Henry stressed the importance of keeping these items out of landfills,
“These old televisions, computers, cellphones and other items take years upon years to decompose and breakdown when they are taken to our dumps or left on the side of the road,” said Henry.
This process allows the recycling company accepting the items to properly dispose of them and repurpose them into items consumers can use again.
The first year for the city to hold an electronic recycling day was 2015.