On Saturday, May 31, the Ottawa, Sandusky, Seneca Joint Solid Waste District is sponsoring a television and electronics recycling collection. The event is open to Ottawa, Sandusky and Seneca County residents, including all residents of Bellevue and Fostoria. This collection is for residents only. Materials from businesses will not be accepted. The event will take place from 9 a.m. until 12 p.m. at the following locations:
Ottawa County–Ottawa County Fairgrounds, W. State Route 163, Oak Harbor
Sandusky County–Sandusky County Fairgrounds, north parking lot, 712 North Street, Fremont
Seneca County–Seneca County Fairgrounds, 100 Hopewell Avenue, Tiffin.
Residents will be charged to recycle CRT (lead/glass tube) televisions. The fee associated with the service reflects a portion of the District’s cost and is based on contract pricing with the electronics recycler. To determine the size of your television, measure your screen diagonally from corner to corner. Fees for televisions are: TV’s 24” and smaller, $2; TV’s 25” and larger, $3; all console units and projection screen TV’s (limit 2 per resident), $5.
Additional materials that will be accepted at no charge include electronics (computer equipment, dvd’s, vcr’s, stereos, etc.), flat panel televisions and cell phone equipment. All electronics will be processed in the U.S. and all plastics, metals, and leaded and non-leaded glass materials will be recycled. Only wood and fabric from the console and projection screen televisions will be landfilled. Additionally, lead and mercury will be removed domestically and handled under U.S. regulations.
A full-time option for television and electronics recycling is available through Best Buy store locations. Televisions accepted in the store, free of charge, include CRT (or tube) televisions 32" and less, portable TV's and flat panel LCD, Plasma or LED televisions that are 60" and less. Other televisions including tube TV's larger than 32", all console units, and projection screen TV's can be recycled through Best Buy's pick-up program. There will be a charge for this service; however, if a product is being replaced the old item will be removed from your home for free. Electronics are also accepted for recycling (computers, cameras, phones). To recycle any product in a Best Buy store location, a limit of three items will be accepted per household per day. For detailed information about Best Buy's recycling program go to bestbuy.com and type the word "recycling" in the search box. From the recycling program page, you will be required to select the state and choose the product for specific recycling program details. This program is offered to residents only. It is not available to businesses and organizations.
For general recycling information, District recycling collections and events, log onto the OSS Solid Waste District's website at recycleoss.org. You can also join on Facebook by searching Ottawa Sandusky Seneca Green Recycling Scene or on Twitter at OSS Solid Waste @Aim2BGreen. For more information call the District's main office at 419-334-7222 or toll-free at 1-888-850-7224.
The Ottawa, Sandusky, Seneca Joint Solid Waste Management District was created under HB 592, which required counties to form single or multi-county solid waste districts. The District has developed a solid waste plan which ensures disposal capacity. The District also sponsors waste reduction, recycling and reuse programs designed to meet recycling goals. The District’s Board of Directors includes the Boards of Commissioners in Ottawa, Sandusky and Seneca Counties.