What to Do With That Shoebox Full of Old Batteries: Recycling Returns to Wooster Green Fair
Bring it: Batteries, CFLs and other household items can be dropped off for free recycling at Ohio State's Wooster Campus Scarlet, Gray, and Green Fair.
Ohio -- Visitors can drop off cell phones, computers, compact fluorescent lamps
and other household items for recycling at Ohio State University’s fifth annual
Wooster Campus Scarlet, Gray, and Green Fair. The event takes place on April 17
— during Earth Week — at the Ohio Agricultural Research and Development Center,
1680 Madison Ave., Wooster.
The free service
“has always been hugely popular, with cars lining up early” in previous years,
said Gwen Covert, head of the fair’s planning committee.
drive-through Recycling Station, located near the center’s main entrance, will
take in the following materials:
- Computer equipment, including desktop
and laptop computers, printers, fax machines, monitors, keyboards, mice, hard
drives, floppy drives, CDs, and circuit boards. Hard drives will be shredded at
the recycler’s warehouse.
- Paper, including newspapers, magazines
and telephone books. Up to two boxes full of confidential or sensitive
documents can be dropped for secure shredding on-site.
- Cell phones, but Covert said to first
consider donating them to a charity for use by soldiers or victims of violence
or natural disasters.
- Household fluorescent light tubes and
compact fluorescent lamps, or CFLs.
- Household and rechargeable batteries, including
nickel cadmium, nickel metal hydride, lithium ion, nickel zinc and small
- Prescription drugs for humans or pets,
which the Wayne County-based Medway Drug Enforcement Agency will safely dispose
of, and by doing this will keep them off the streets and out of lakes, streams
and landfills. Medway staff say it’s OK to bring a drug in its original
container, but black out or scratch off any personal information on the label. Some
over-the-counter medicines can be dropped off as well. But needles, syringes, thermometers,
aerosol cans, personal care products, hydrogen peroxide and biohazardous
materials won’t be accepted.
Enterprises of Creston will process the paper. Tri County Recycling of Wooster
will handle the computer equipment, cell phones, fluorescent lights and
said the station’s goal is to promote recycling awareness and teach people what
types of items are recyclable.
message is simple,” she said. “Reduce. Reuse. Recycle.”
to the fair is free and open to the public. Hours are 11 a.m.-6:30 p.m.
the fair a celebration of all things sustainable — not just recycling but biofuels,
local foods, composting, gardening, organic farming, renewable energy and more.
“Green is for life!” is the theme. More than 60 exhibitors will be there, with
more than 2,000 visitors expected.
information, call 330-263-3700 or visit the fair’s website, http://www.wcsen.org/wcsggf/.
sponsors are Ohio State’s College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental
Sciences; the college’s research and outreach arms, OARDC and Ohio State
University Extension, respectively; and the Wayne County Sustainable Energy
sponsors include the coordinating sponsors plus about 20 area businesses and
current on green matters through the college’s sustainability blog at http://sustainability.cfaes.ohio-state.edu/.