Update – Solid waste collection

Saturday’s collection of electronics and household hazardous waste followed a pattern consistent with past fall collections.

Event organizers said the fall collection typically generates about half as much as what the St. Joseph County Solid Waste Committee takes in during the spring event. This weekend’s collection was no different, according to solid waste committee secretary Pat Kulikowski.

Estimates show 600 cans of latex paint were turned in Saturday, about 100 more than a year ago. Kulikowski said 260 tires were dropped off, 80 fewer than last October.

The greatest difference between last year and this was the amount of electronics collected. Kulikowski said 27,000 pounds of electronics were brought to Saturday’s event, notably more than 10,000 pounds from a year ago.

Regarding paper and cardboard, Saturday’s collection yielded 13 storage units called gaylords. Last October’s event filled nine. Another increase was noted in the household hazardous waste station, where 5,800 pounds was turned in Saturday, up from 3,800 pounds in October 2016.

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