OAK HARBOR — Have outdated electronics or clothing items that are still usable, or even though they may be in rough shape? Pack everything up today and take them to Ottawa National Wildlife Refuge on the Lake Erie shoreline on Saturday, June 5 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. for the annual Refuge Recycle Round Up.
Take friends or family along, and after dropping off the recyclables, ONWR officials recommend visitors take a 7-mile tour of the Wildlife Drive. The tour is a one-way gravel road that features woodland, prairie and wetland habitats.
The Wildlife Drive entrance is in the Visitor Center Parking Lot, and the Drive is open from sunrise to sunset (weather permitting).
ONWR officials have a long list of recyclables that will be accepted at the Refuge Recycle Round Up.
Electronics items accepted include: Computers/servers, keyboards and mice, monitors/displays, cell phones, storage devices/flash drives, video game consoles, printers, scanners, memory/RAM, networking hardware, stereo equipment/speakers, and projectors (no TVs or CRT monitors).
Textile items accepted include: Anything made from cloth or artificial fabric like vinyl. Nearly all textiles can be recycled, such as: clothing (pants, jeans, skirts, dresses, suits, shorts, shirts, tees, tanks), outerwear (coats, jackets, gloves, hats, scarves), footwear (shoes, boots, heels, sneakers, sandals, socks, tights), undergarments (bras, underwear, slips, camisoles), accessories (hats, belts, ties, scarves, headbands), handbags (wallets, totes, luggage, backpacks, briefcases), linens (towels, sheets, comforters, blankets, tablecloths).
Textile items may be brought in garbage bags.
This is a fantastic opportunity to keep these items out of the landfill, said ONWR officials. Those wishing to participate may recycle their items for $10 per carload (cash only). Funds will help to support conservation efforts at Ottawa National Wildlife Refuge.
Friends of Ottawa National Wildlife Refuge will receive cash per pound for recycled electronics and textiles, so be sure to clean out your closets for this great cause. This event will be occurring rain or shine.
Event volunteers will be following the CDC social distancing guidelines, including wearing masks, and recyclers are encouraged to do the same. Friends of Ottawa National Wildlife Refuge will be hosting the drop off location with the help of Recycle I.T. USA Toledo LLC and Clothes Bin Ohio.
The Refuge is located at 14000 W. State Route 2, Oak Harbor. Look for the big green building off of Route 2. The Recycling Round Up will be held near the Visitor Center. The Wildlife Drive will also be open on June 5. Visitors are welcome to take the 7-mile, one- way gravel road back through woodland, prairie, and wetland habitats. The Wildlife Drive entrance is in the Visitor Center Parking Lot, and the Drive is open from sunrise to sunset (weather permitting).