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Recycling drive a success

Four semis filled with electronics

Published: Monday, June 2, 2014 4:57 p.m. CDT • Updated: Monday, June 2, 2014 5:03 p.m. CDT
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(BCR photo/Becky Kramer)
Leo Eloma loads electronic recyclables that were collected from county residents this past weekend at an event hosted by the city of Princeton. Semi trucks hauled the old electronics away, which ranged from computers to TVs and more. The city will host a similar event in the fall. Electronics can not be recycled at the Princeton Recycling Center, other than during these special recycling events.

PRINCETON — The city of Princeton’s electronic recycling drive held this past weekend gave residents an opportunity to clean out the unwanted household electronics taking up space around the house.

Residents from all over the county were invited to participate in the recycling drive.

The collection brought in all sort of items from televisions, computers, VCR players and printers to fax machines, DVD players, radios and hard drives.

While final numbers have not yet be tallied, Princeton Street Superintendent Steve Wright reported four semi-trailers full of electronics were carried offsite, making this electronic drive one of Princeton’s most successful.

“This opportunity for residents is great,” he said. “It’s a much better option than throwing the electronics in the ditches or filling up the landfills. Plus, people look forward to these recycling drives.”

The items were taken at no cost, and Wright confirmed the city paid nothing and made nothing from the drive.

The items were taken offsite by Vintage Tech Recyclers of Chicago, who will strip down the materials and reuse the plastic and metals.

For residents who missed out on the recycling drive, Wright said to hold onto the materials until fall, when the city will host their next drive.

Wright reminded residents are not allowed to dump their electronics at the recycling plant at anytime.

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