In October, we staged our two annual recycling events for collecting hard-to-recycle items such as electronic devices, refrigerators, books, and clothes. The first came at the Monroe Township shed and the other at the Rescue Hose Company in Beavertown. Both were well attended, as evidenced by the fact 544 cars came through the events, often waiting in line.
If you attended the Beavertown event, you noticed we held it in the parking lot behind the fire department instead of the grassy carnival grounds as in past years. This was because the ground was wet from recent rains, making it slippery. We could operate a forklift efficiently on the paved parking lot, and this helped tremendously in loading electronics into trailers (not to mention avoiding the aggravation of getting it stuck in wet grass).
At both events, you may have gotten a glimpse of what’s involved in loading electronics into trailers. In past years, Unicor provided its own prison labor and all the materials for doing this, so we didn’t have to worry about it. This year, we had to provide our own labor in addition to pallets, Gaylord boxes, and shrink wrap. At Beavertown especially, an army of experienced volunteers worked like beavers in loading big TVs onto pallets and then wrapping shrink wrap around them so we could stack them high and keep them in place. Smaller items such as computer towers, keyboards, and laptops went into Gaylord boxes on pallets. Then a forklift hoisted the pallet loads into the trailer, and a person in the trailer moved them around with a floor jack. Keeping everything on pallets helps to automate the operation and makes it more manageable and faster to load and then unload materials.
Many partners throughout the county helped us with the events, and we want to give them a big thanks:
Monroe Township – Provided one of the sites and helped load electronics into trailers with their forklift
Rescue Hose Company – Provided the site in Beavertown
HandUp Foundation in Milton – Collected refrigerators, scrap metal, clothes, and books
Unicor in Minersville – Processed the electronics collected
Weis Markets – Loaned pallets for loading electronics into trailers
Coles Hardware - Loaned pallets and a floor jack for loading electronics into trailers
Wood-Mode in Kreamer - Loaned pallets and shrink wrap for loading electronics into trailers
Conestoga Wood Specialties in Beavertown - Loaned pallets, shrink wrap, and a floor jack for loading electronics into trailers
Beavertown Public Library – Collected books they sell for their fundraiser
Superservice Garage in Beavertown – Loaned a forklift for loading electronics into trailers at Beavertown
TTC Rentals in Middleburg – Rented tents for both events
Watsontown Trucking in Milton – Rented trucks for hauling electronics to Unicor in Minersville
Snyder County Community Services – Provided laborers
And we want to thanks all the residents who brought in items to recycle. By doing this, you’re doing the right thing and keeping them out of illegal dumps.