A special waste collection for electronics, appliances and tires will be held from 8 a.m. to noon Saturday, Sept. 21, in Rolla in the parking lot of Brewer Science, Inc., located in the HyPoint Industrial Park near the interchange of Route V and Interstate 44.
The event is open it residents in Phelps, Crawford, Dent, Gasconade, Maries, Pulaski and Washington counties.
The City of Rolla, Brewer Science, Inc., the Phelps County Commission and the Ozark Rivers Solid Waste Management District (ORSWMD), in partnership with the Missouri Department of Natural Resources (DNR) and the Meramec Regional Planning Commission (MRPC), are offering the collection.
This collection is for household items only. No materials will be allowed from businesses.
Stoves, washers, dryers, microwaves and other appliances will be collected free of charge.
Electronics collected for free include computer CPUs, keyboards, printers, VCRs, cellphones and other electronics.
A $5 fee will be charged for each television and computer monitor collected. There is no fee for refrigerant appliances.
A small fee will also be assessed for tire collection. Passenger tires will have a $1.50 fee each, truck tires will be charged $5 each and tractor tires will have a $10 fee each.
“Ozark Rivers Solid Waste Management District subsidizes those costs when it can – as it does with electronics recycling — but citizens should take responsibility for the solid waste that they generate," said Tammy Snodgrass, MRPC assistant director and environmental programs manager.
"That’s why the district charges for accepting tires. They simply do not have the local grant money to cover the cost of tire amnesty collections," Snodgrass added.
Canned goods will also be accepted for a local charity, Grace Fellowship.
People bringing items to the collection must unload them.
A similar waste collection for electronics and appliances also will be held from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 14, in St. Robert at the St. Robert Community Center, 114 J.H. Williamson Drive.
Area residents with questions about the collection can contact Nongluk Tunyavanich at MRPC at 573-265-2993 or firstname.lastname@example.org.