Oskaloosa.com

April 22, 2013

Busy day for volunteers at E-Cycling event

By DUANE NOLLEN
The Oskaloosa Herald

OSKALOOSA — Saturday morning was the perfect day to bring old electronics down to the Mahaska Communications Group parking lot for recycling.

MCG hosted the seventh-annual E-Cycling day to keep consumer electronic items out of landfills in honor of Earth Day.

MCG teamed up with Midwest Sanitation, Clow Valve Co., Trees Forever and Mahaska County 4-H told hold the four-hour long E-Cycling event that began at 8 a.m.

“It’s doing real good,” said Scott Ewing of MCG. “We’ve had a good crowd so far.”

While the sun shone brightly after days of rain, there was a nip in the air as people brought truck loads of old TVs, computers and other items.

“It may be the chilliest one so far,” Ewing said of the day.

There were about 30 volunteers working at the E-Cycling event.

“We’ve got a good group helping us,” Ewing said.

Most volunteers unloaded items from vehicles while others operated skid loaders to stack the items in semi trailers.

During a typical E-Cycling event, volunteers will fill three semi trailers full of electronics — roughly 50,000 pounds of items, Ewing said.

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Herald Editor Duane Nollen can be reached by email at oskynews@oskyherald.com