Through a series of special waste collections held in Rolla, Salem and St. Robert this fall, some 65,291 pounds of electronic waste and appliances were collected and recycled, diverting them from landfills to recycling facilities in Missouri.
The collection efforts were a partnership between the Missouri Department of Natural Resources (DNR), Ozark Rivers Solid Waste Management District (ORSWMD) and the Meramec Regional Planning Commission (MRPC) along with local sponsors in each community.
The City of Rolla, the Phelps County Commission and Brewer Science, Inc. partnered to hold their collection in September.
The City of Salem sponsored its collection in October, and the City of St. Robert sponsored its collection in September.
Thanks to the participation of 318 households throughout the seven counties of ORSWMD, 1,180 pieces of electronics and appliances were recycled. This includes 208 televisions, 200 computer monitors, 108 desktop computer CPUs, 95 printers, 68 computer keyboards, 10 air conditioners, six freezers, five stoves, five water heaters and five dishwashers among many others.
A $5 fee was charged for televisions and computer monitors, and all other items were free to drop off. The fee associated with recycling televisions and computer monitors covers the cost of recycling lead-based components in these items. MRPC contracted with Midwest Recycling Center to recycle the items.
The ORSWMD, which includes Crawford, Dent, Gasconade, Maries, Phelps, Pulaski and Washington counties and their cities, is tasked with reducing by 40 percent the amount of waste generated for disposal. Using its tipping fee dollars, the district used a grant to help subsidize disposal costs and cover the costs of the collection, including staff time to coordinate the events and to advertise them.
Area residents with questions about recycling may contact Nongluk Tunyavanich at 573-265-2993 or firstname.lastname@example.org.