USA Truck will offer a pickup service of electronic waste for the elderly and disabled for the second year in a row as part of the fifth annual Spring E-Waste Event coordinated by Keep Van Buren Beautiful and the Van Buren School District for April 20.
Burton Weis, vice president of human resources for 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, said Ernie Schimmelmann of Keep Van Buren Beautiful.
Weis and Schimmelmann coordinated the pick up for the first time last year to help those that are not able to bring their items to the drop site personally, they said.
This year the pick up will be limited to locations within Van Buren city limits, Weis said.
Pick up will be on the day of the e-waste event from 8 a.m. to noon, and those who would like to be put on the route must call Schimmelmann by Friday, April 19. The items need to be ready for pick up, he said.
Pick up will overlap the drop event, held at the Van Buren School District Service Center at 2804 Industrial Park Road from 9 a.m. until the semitrailer used for the event is full, said John Pope of Keep Van Buren Beautiful. The truck often fills before noon, he said.
“We’ve filled up that 53-foot tractor-trailer three years in a row,” Pope said.
About half of the electronic items collected last year came from USA Truck, Weis said, and he expects it will be the same this year.
Electronic items used by the company are generally tested, then refurbished or repurposed, said Garon Kerns, PC administration supervisor. What can’t be reused is collected for the event, Weis said.
“Our main goal is to be as efficient as possible within our means,” Weis 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, gameplayers, 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 semitrailer, supplied by GREENSource Recycling, will take the electronic waste to its recycling center in Clarksville.
From Clarksville, the electronics travel to Unicor Recycling Factory in Texarkana, where items are either refurbished and resold, or dismantled and sorted for other forms of recycling, Pope said.
Clean ups at Lake Lou Emma and the city park will be held at 10 a.m. in conjunction with the e-waste event.
Volunteers for the clean ups include the football players, a group of geocatchers and a member of the Crawford County Sheriff’s Department who will be cleaning the lake from a boat, Pope said.
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.
Pallets for the e-waste event are being provided by Lowe’s, and the General Federation of the Women’s Club of Van Buren is supplying pizza for the the football players.
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.