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E-waste collections top 10,000 pounds in 8 months in Perrysburg Township

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Since Recycle I.T. USA began picking up electronics at Perrysburg Township each month, more than 10,000 pounds of waste has been recycled instead of going to a landfill.

Televisions have provided most of the weight, with nearly 4,000 pounds dropped off in the past eight months. Wires, VCRs, televisions, computers, laptops, lighting, printers and cell phones make up most of the recycled goods at the township.

"It has been wonderful, thank you," said Recycle I.T. owner of Barb Bruno to Perrysburg Township officials at a meeting Friday. "We have been able to divert a lot of e-waste since July."

On the third Saturday of each month, from 9 a.m. to noon, the township has its typical recycling. Items accepted include plastic bottles, paper, cardboard, glass, aluminum, and steel. But last July, e-waste was added for the drop off at the township offices at 26609 Lime City Rd.

Now, residents can take televisions, computers, printers, stereo equipment, microwaves, and small appliances. Refrigerators and air conditioning units are not accepted.

January has been the busiest month for the e-waste, likely because of electronic Christmas gifts and disposal of old items. In January, there were 22 laptops and computers, 15 TVs, 14 printers, six VCRs, and eight cell phones dropped off. It was the largest amount of recycled electronics in a month.

Township Trustee Bob Mack asked Ms. Bruno what her company does with the electronics.

"We take it to our Toledo warehouse and part it out," she said. "Or we re-purpose it and have an IT guy work on it."

She said all electronic data on the devices is immediately deleted to ensure privacy for those who recycle their electronics.

Contact Matt Thompson at: mthompson@theblade.com, 419-356-8786, or on Twitter at @mthompson25.

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