The Canfield Township electronics recycling drive on Saturday brought more than 450 vehicles to the fairgrounds with a mountain of televisions, computers, and other electronics to be recycled.
Helping move such a large amount was not a problem thanks to the efforts of the Canfield High School Wrestling Team. Along with coach Dean Conley, 10 members of the team showed up and worked the six hours to ensure the televisions and other devices were unloaded and placed in the appropriate boxes.
"Township administrator Keith Rogers contacted us," said Conley. "We felt it was a good cause and a great way to give back to the community."
Photos by J.T. Whitehouse, Town Crier
Canfield High School wrestler, junior Stan Socha assists Bruce Street from Electronics Recycling Service as they unload a heavy old television set from one of the hundreds of vehicles that took part in Saturday’s electronics recycling drive at the Canfield Fairgrounds.
Moving the heavy televisions was no problem for the wrestlers. They were used to working with weights as they trained for the upcoming season.
Area residents were prepared as well. While the drive was officially listed to start at 9 a.m., vehicles began lining up at 8:30. One resident brought a 20-foot trailer loaded with old televisions and computers.
Shortly after 9 a.m., the drive had already filled half of a semi trailer and the lines weren't shrinking.
The televisions were accepted without charge. Electronics Recycling Service out of Bellaire, was present to collect them. According to ERS employee John Sochor, his company would reuse most of the television.
"Over 98 percent of the televisions will be shredded and recycled," he said.
ERS opened its Bellaire facility in 2011. The new building is 75,000 square feet and is capable of handling large amounts of electronics.
The drive was sponsored by the Canfield Township trustees. The township has been in the recycling business for many years and started the electronics drive three years ago. The trustees contracted with ERS to collect and recycle the turned in devices. Some of the computers could be reused in poor school systems that don't have computers. Trustee Marie Cartwright said ERS would ensure the cleaning of the computers.
"They informed me that they will clean the hard drives so no personal information would remain on them," she said.
On Saturday afternoon the collection ended and ERS had two full semi trailers to move and still had a good deal of electronics in the government building. They returned with another big trailer on Monday to remove the rest.
"It was a great day for Canfield Township and for ERS," Cartwright said. "They got two times the amount they expected."