GALLIPOLIS — The staff and board members of the Gallia County Soil and Water Conservation District recently reported on another very successful recycle day in Gallia County.
According to a release issued by the SWCD this week, last Saturday’s recycle day at the Gallia County Junior Fairgrounds was a complete success — adding greatly to the total number of items that have been recycled in Gallia County since the first recycle day.
Reportedly, in the last three years, participants in recycle day have recycled a total of 4,102 fluorescent light bulbs; 518 televisions; 46,201 tons of electronics; 1,233 pounds of batteries; 7,600 pounds of shredded documents; more than 375 tons of trash; 7,498 tires; and 876.5 pounds of miscellaneous hazardous materials.
According to figures provided by the SWCD, in some categories, more recyclable items were dropped off this year than in the previous two years combined.
“Our third annual Gallia County Recycle Day went very well. It went so well, in fact, we had the sheep barn totally full of electronics, TVs, batteries and light bulbs,” a statement released by SWCD on Wednesday said. “We shipped out 55 pallets of electronics and TVs that weighed roughly 27,500 pounds, total.”
The SWCD further thanked the many volunteers for their help with various tasks, including lifting heavy TVs, taping batteries, and the donation of equipment to help load pallets onto trucks.
“Our board members were astonished at the turnout from our community and the interest the recycling program has generated,” the statement said. “Thank you so much for caring about our environment. Gallia SWCD is very impressed and appreciative of the community’s response and volunteers that understand with a little help we can accomplish a lot.”
The SWCD further reported that those who attended this year’s event who might not have received a recycling brochure, can contact the SWCD office at (740) 446-6173 or stop by their office in the C.H. McKenzie building by the fairgrounds.
During recycle day, the Gallia County Health Department reportedly collected 1,800 tires this year for recycling, while the Gallia County Landfill collected residential trash for free, collecting a total of 254 loads weighing 123 tons.
The landfill will also be conducting free residential trash collection days throughout the year, and the Gallia County Health Department will also have more free tire collection days.
For more information on recycle sites throughout the county, visit the Gallia, Jackson, Meigs, Vinton Solid Waste Management District website at www.gjmvrecycle.com.