Free program aims to keep toxic materials out of landfills

Montgomery county residents can recycle electronics for free to keep them out of landfills. (WDTN Photo/ Eric Pointer)
Montgomery county residents can recycle electronics for free to keep them out of landfills. (WDTN Photo/ Eric Pointer)

MONTGOMERY COUNTY, Ohio (WDTN) – TVs and other electronics are bad for landfills.  That is why the county offers a free program to recycle them.

Anyone in Montgomery County can take their recyclables to the transfer center on Sandridge Drive in Moraine. It is free and open everyday except Sunday.

It keeps things like TVs, computers, microwaves and other potentially hazardous things out of landfills.

“When they go into a landfill they’re just taking up space, needless space,” said John Woodman community program specialist for Montgomery County environmental services. “There can be a small amount of toxic materials and other type of compounds in each one of them. So when you get thousands, or millions of those things in a landfill it can add up.”

Woodman says each year they get more than five tons worth of electronics. They have a contract with a vendor that takes the devices apart to recycle the parts.

In Dayton, you can put your old electronics out on the street for bulk pick up, but city officials are encouraging people to recycle them instead.

“We do offer a curb side recycling program, but however it does not include electronics. So if a resident was to call in and schedule those items and would collect it as bulk,” said Tom Ritchie, Division  Dayton manager of waste collection. “Obviously that’s not the desirable outcome. We’d much rather that they’d take the time to take it out to the county and drop it off there.”

Almost half of Dayton customers use the curb side recycling program, but they would like to see 100 percent.

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