Derby Teen Considers Recycling Event Successful

By: Phil White Email
By: Phil White Email

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Friday, September 22, 2012

Many people know how difficult it can be to find the appropriate time and place to get rid of old electronics that are not doing much but getting in the way.

Thanks to a Derby Boy Scout, one of those times was Saturday and the place was High Park in Derby.

"We have only had a couple of downtimes and they were only about a minute," said Alex Meek.

That busy morning was good news for Meek, who organized an e-cycling event as part of his Eagle Scout requirement. It proved to be an event many people were anticipating.

"We had people arriving even before 8 a.m.," Meek said. "We had the early birds coming in around 7:50 a.m., so I would call it very successful."

Alex enlisted the help of about 10 other Scouts and a few adults. They all kept themselves busy shuffling old TVs, computers, vacuum cleaners and just about anything that did not contain hazardous waste.

"We only had one air conditioner try to come through here, but that's about it," Meek said.

He said one man showed up with a pick-up bed and trailer full of old computers and monitors. The man returned 30 minutes later with another load and told the teens he had four more loads of computers to clear out of a warehouse.

Roger and Starla Evans came to the event to drop off some old electronics. The couple also wanted to take advantage of the chance to help Alex become an Eagle Scout.

"We came here to support that and to help him achieve what he needed to as well, of course, to benefit us and get rid of the electronics," Roger said.

"It's good to see the turnout, too," Starla said. "There are a lot who have come out here."

Another goal of Alex's is to make this an annual event for his troop.

"I won't regulate it myself, but I'll give them a book of all the numbers to call and all the steps to take," he said.

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