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Hundreds of Items Collected at U City Electronics Recycling Event

Most people donated old outdated TVs and computers during Saturday's electronics recycling event.

A sea of TVs, DVDs, alarm clocks and computers blanketed the parking lot of Heman Park Community Center on Saturday.

A line of cars wrapped around the facility as people waited their turn to drop off items during a free electronics recycling event sponsored by University City.

Lynnette Hicks, Senior Public Works Programs Manager told University City Patch that by 11:30am Saturday, more than 100 cars had unloaded electronics. The event started at 10am and lasted until 2pm.

Hicks said the most unusual item collected was a metal detector.

Helping out at the event were teen-agers from the organization Boys Hope, located in Town and Country. The residential program takes academically motivated young men and sets them up in a residential house where they are given a good education and put through a college preparation process.

As part of the program the teens are required to give back to the community, said Ryan Hanewinkel, a residential counselor at Boys Hope.

A group of teen girls from Clayton High's Green Club also pitched in during Saturday’s event. The club supports going green and recycling and promoting eco-friendliness in the community.

"This year we've really tried to expand out of the Clayton community," said Margaret Mulligan, a senior at Clayton High School and co-president of the Green Club. "This year we're trying to work in U City more and branch out, so we thought this would be a good opportunity," she added.

Lois November 06, 2011 at 12:25 AM
Congratulations to Lynnette Hicks with U City (who does a fabulous job!), Boys Hope, the Clayton HS Green Club and everyone else who provided this important service today, to keep electronics out of our trash stream. Thanks!
Lisa K November 07, 2011 at 05:24 PM
I second Lois's congratulations. We arrived at 1:40pm, and there was a short line that moved very quickly. I was especially impressed with the young men who unloaded the junk from our car. All of them had smiles on their faces and were very helpful!
Fritz Faerber November 08, 2011 at 03:09 AM
Glad to see the electronics go for proper recycling and disassembly. All too often, the outdated or broken device end up in landfills to slowly leak out all kinds of toxins over the year. Some manufacturers have programs to take back old computers and monitors. It is worth checking their web sites before disposing of old devices..

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