Recycle electronics & textiles at the Refuge Recycle Round Up

Press Staff Writer

        Those who find themselves with outdated electronics or unwanted clothing items that are still usable or in rough shape are invited to take them to the Refuge Round Up Saturday, June 5, from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. at Ottawa National Wildlife Refuge. This event will be held rain or shine.
        Friends of Ottawa National Wildlife Refuge will be hosting the drop off location with the help of Recycle I.T. USA Toledo LLC and Clothes Bin Ohio.
        Electronics items that will be accepted include computers/servers, keyboards and mice, monitors/displays, cell phones, storage devices/flash drives, video game consoles, printers, scanners, memory/RAM, networking hardware, stereo equipment/speakers, and projectors, TVs/CRT monitors will not be accepted.
        Acceptable textile items include anything made from cloth or artificial fabric like vinyl. Nearly all textiles can be recycled, such as clothing (pants, jeans, skirts, dresses, suits, shorts, shirts, tees, tanks), outerwear (coats, jackets, gloves, hats, scarves), footwear (shoes, boots, heels, sneakers, sandals, socks, tights), undergarments, accessories (hats, belts, ties, scarves, headbands), handbags (wallets, totes, luggage, backpacks, briefcases) and linens (towels, sheets, comforters, blankets, tablecloths). Textile items may be brought in trash bags.
        “This is a fantastic opportunity to keep these items out of the landfill,” said Aimee Arent, executive director of Friends of Ottawa National Wildlife Refuge.
        Those wishing to participate may recycle their items for $10/carload (cash only). Friends of Ottawa National Wildlife Refuge will receive cash per pound for recycled electronics and textiles. Funds will help to support conservation efforts at Ottawa National Wildlife Refuge.
        Event volunteers will be following CDC social distancing guidelines, including wearing masks, and recyclers are encouraged to do the same.
        The Refuge is located at 14000 W. SR 2, Oak Harbor. Look for the big green building off of Route 2. The Recycling Round Up will be held near the Visitor Center. The Wildlife Drive will also be open on June 5. Visitors are welcome to take the seven-mile, one-way gravel road back through woodland, prairie, and wetland habitats. The Wildlife Drive entrance is in the Visitor Center Parking Lot, and the Drive is open from sunrise to sunset (weather permitting).


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