High volume collected at hazardous waste recycling event

Saturday’s collection of household hazardous waste and electronics recycling was declared a success, according to Pat Kulikowski, secretary of the St. Joseph County Solid Waste Committee Board.

She said the collection numbers were unusually high for fall, as the spring collection typically is almost always the larger of the two. The event took place at the St. Joseph County Fairgrounds.

Saturday’s results show a total of 880 tires, 12,500 pounds of paper and cardboard that filled half a semi-tractor trailer, nearly three box trucks filled with appliances and scrap metal, 13,000 pounds of hazardous waste, 20,000 pounds of televisions and another 20,000 pounds of other electronics.

Kulikowski said most noticeable to her was the exceptionally high volume of appliances and hazardous waste.

Kulikowski said for the moment, she has no reason to think the solid waste committee won’t be able to stage its April collection in 2021. The April collection this year was canceled.

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