E-cycling event a success

Gettysburg Times Reports on e-End e-Recycling Event 

BY VANESSA PELLECHIO | Times Staff Writer

Following the "success" of the electronics recycling effort Saturday, county and municipal officials are eyeing funding options to create an annual collection event.

About 350 vehicles pulled in to drop off outdated electronics at the county's first-ever e- cycling event Saturday, sponsored by Adams County, Adams County Council of Governments (ACCOG), and Adams Electric Cooperative Inc., according to Coleen Reamer, ACCOG president and a Hamiltonban Township supervisor.

 

Reamer said the three 53-foot trailers were not completely filled, but all were utilized, including some items coming from people on the waiting list.

On average, residents brought between two and four items, Reamer said, noting the most common devices were old computer monitors and "large old-time console TVs."

"Based upon the success of this event and the continuing need for local electronics recycling, I will work with the COG and to raise funds for an annual event," Adams County Commissioner Marty Qually said Sunday.

Reamer said ways to fund another event will be discussed at the next ACCOG meeting, adding they have looked into grant opportunities as a possibility.

"We will talk to COG members and see how they feel about it and go whatever route they say," Reamer said.

Reamer said the event from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. drew in about 40 volunteers, including about 10 staff members from e-End, a recycling company based in Frederick, Maryland.

Qually said local fraternity Lambda Chi and the Gettysburg College Democrat Club also volunteered.

"We got a lot of compliments on how fast and easy it was (to drop off items)," Reamer said.

Out of the 350 vehicles, Reamer said there were only three people who did not register. One of the residents did return toward the end of the day after contacted when space remained in the trailers, according to Reamer.

Last February, ACCOG exceeded its $12,000 municipal matching funds to go toward the Adams Rescue Mission's electronic recycling program. Bruce Dietrick, the Adams Rescue Mission director, previously indicated the recycling program cost the nonprofit $24,000 to operate a year, since they lost about $2,000 a month. Adams County Commissioners offered to put $12,000 into the program if municipalities stepped up with the other half.

However, the efforts did not move forward due to the lack of an electronics recycling market in the state.

Reamer thanked Cecilia Billingsley and Cindy Sanderson of the Adams County Office of Planning and Development for helping residents pre-register.

"I'm glad the county, Adams Electric, and the council of governments can come together to provide a needed service to residents," Reamer said. "These items were stored in garages and basements. We are really happy it turned out to be an important service to them."