photo by TANIAH TUDOR
Johnny Call, Wayland Parker and Garon Kerns with USA Truck (from left) load old computer towers into a company truck Thursday morning. Volunteers from USA Truck will use a similar vehicle to provide a pick up service for the Keep Van Buren Beautiful annual Spring E-Waste Event April 19.
USA Truck will offer a pickup service of electronic waste for the elderly and disabled for the third year in a row as part of the Keep Van Buren Beautiful annual Spring E-Waste Event on April 19.
Wayland Parker with USA Truck in Van Buren has arranged for several trucks and crews to pick up recyclable electronics from homebound individuals and take them to the drop site, he said.
Pick-up service began two years ago to help those that are not able to bring their items to the drop site personally, said Ernie Schimmelmann of Keep Van Buren Beautiful.
Wayland Parker, human resources manager with USA Truck, is organizing the pick up service with Schimmelmann.
Pickup will be limited to locations within Van Buren city limits, Parker said, and will be on the day of the e-waste event from 8 a.m. to noon.
Those who would like to be put on the route must call Schimmelmann by Friday, April 18. The items must be ready at the time of pick up, he said.
Pickup will overlap the drop event, held at the Van Buren School District Service Center at 2804 Industrial Park Road.
Residents can drop off electronic waste at the service center from 9 a.m. until the semitrailer used for the event is full, which usually happens by noon, said John Pope of Keep Van Buren Beautiful.
About half of the electronic items collected the last two years came from USA Truck, said Garon Kerns, PC administration supervisor, and he expects the same this year.
Electronic items used by the company are generally tested, then refurbished or re-purposed, Kerns said. What can’t be reused is collected during the year for the event, Kerns said.
Most computer equipment only has about a three to four year life span, Kerns said.
“Old hardware from any of our outlying facilities will come through here; that’s when they get put to the recycle pile,” Kerns said.
During the e-waste event, volunteers from the Van Buren High School football team will be on hand to collect all residential electronics, including computers, cell phones, game players, televisions and old office equipment.
Electronics from businesses and hazardous materials, such as refrigerants, microwaves or radioactive materials, will not be accepted.
Once full, the semi-trailer, supplied by GREENSource Recycling, will take the electronic waste to its recycling center in Clarksville.
A clean up also will be held at 10 a.m. at the city park in conjunction with the e-waste event.
Unused glasses will also be collected at the service center in conjunction with the Van Buren Lions Club to be recycled for use by disadvantaged individuals, Pope said.
To schedule a pick up, call Schimmelmann at (479) 461-2008. For other information, call Pope at (479) 410-2261. A full list of accepted items can be found at unicor.gov.