I am pleased to announce that on the second Sunday of each month from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., February through November with the exception of Mother's Day, The Bank of Edwardsville's O'Fallon Center will serve as a permanent drop-off location for electronics and appliance recycling.
This program provides a great opportunity for O'Fallon residents and businesses to safely and responsibly dispose of any electronics, computers and appliances that may be in and around their homes or businesses. I encourage our citizens and businesses to clean out their closets and storage areas and participate in this important program.
With the help of Web Innovations and Technology Services Inc. and the O'Fallon-Shiloh Chamber of Commerce, the following items are eligible for collection at The Bank's O'Fallon Center, located at 1177 N. Green Mount Road in O'Fallon:
Computers, monitors, other computer hardware including cables; office/business equipment and machinery; telecommunications equipment including phones and clocks; televisions; VCR's; stereos; cameras; other audio/video equipment; data storage devices including CD's, VHS tapes and computer software; home electronics such as blenders, toasters, and irons; washing machines and dryers; dishwashers; furnaces; hot water heaters; home medical equipment; industrial machinery; lawn mowers and tillers; tools; air conditioners; refrigerators; humidifiers; old motors; transformers; electrical equipment; power supplies; and car batteries.
Unacceptable items for recycling include tires, wood furniture, other wood products, paint and paint cans, and household and industrial chemicals.
There is a suggested drop-off donation of $5 each for computer monitors, laptops and televisions. For large appliances and all freon-containing devices there is a $5 required fee. Everything else may be dropped-off free of charge.
WITS Inc. is a nonprofit organization established in 2002 that recycles/refurbishes electronics, computers and surplus equipment for local/national businesses and residents by fixing or replacing what may be broken and putting it back into the community for educational use. This keeps the used equipment out of the landfills and provides those in need with the technology to accomplish their educational goals. Any items or parts that WITS Inc. cannot reuse are recycled appropriately at their facility. They have a 0 percent landfill policy. For more information on WITS Inc., see their website at www.witsinc.org.
For more information about the program, contact the O'Fallon-Shiloh Chamber of Commerce at 632-3377.
I hope you take advantage of this great program. It's a great way to help keep these types of items out of our landfills and at the same time, helps those less fortunate. It's a win-win for everyone!
The strong working relationship between City Hall, businesses and residents we serve is yet another example of why O'Fallon is such a great community in which to live.
Gary L. Graham is the mayor of O'Fallon.