Thousands of pounds of waste and recycling collected

Saturday’s collection of household hazardous waste and electronics recycling was deemed “typical” for the fall event at the St. Joseph County Fairgrounds.

Sponsored by the St. Joseph County Solid Waste Committee, the four-hour program netted 6,000 pounds of household hazardous waste, 35,000 pounds of electronics and 850 tires. Committee secretary Pat Kulikowski said the last few collections have seen a higher-than-usual number of tires turned in.

She said a state grant allows for up to 10 tires to be dropped off at no charge. Kulikowski speculated that opportunity is a likely explanation.

The twice-a-year collection is expected to return in April.

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