EDITOR'S NOTE: As of April 22, Electronic Recycling Services is no longer offering free pick-up service for seniors and disabled residents.
The elderly or disabled in need of help getting rid of old and unwanted electronics can have them picked up for free by Electronics Recycling Services of Bellaire.
The company takes old electronics - such as TVs (no tube TVs, though), computers, cell phones and other small electronic devices.
Shells of electronics sit on a conveyor belt waiting to be pulverized at the Electronics Recycling Services plant in Bellaire. The plant is offering free pickup at the homes of the elderly and disabled throughout the Ohio Valley.
Photos by Shelley Hanson
Jon Bizzari, ERS program manager, said in the future the plant plans to expand to accommodate a new venture in creating composite material from old plastic, which can be obtained from motherboards and shells of computers. The material will be mixed with a type of stone, but still be recyclable itself. As a test run of sorts they plan on making the raw material and producing a few picnic tables to give away.
The free pick-up service will be offered on Wednesdays in various counties. The schedule will be as follows: first Wednesday of each month, starting March 6, collections will be made in Belmont and Ohio counties; second Wednesday, Monroe and Marshall counties; and third Wednesday, Jefferson and Brooke counties. Pick ups will be conducted between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m.
People who want to schedule a pickup should call a week in advance. Workers will only enter a house with permission from the homeowner. To make an appointment, call 740-671-9877.
''We've been getting a lot calls from handicapped people and the elderly that can't bring items to the plant so we're going to their homes,'' said John Sochor, director of sales and marketing for ERS.
The company opened last spring in the old First Ward School, 1731 Belmont St., which can been seen by motorists traveling on Ohio 7.
ERS also is conducting an E-waste Challenge with local schools by asking students to collect as many recyclable electronic devices as possible between April 14-20. The school that collects the most pound-wise will win a cash prize, the amount of which is to be determined. Sochor noted some schools already have started bringing items in.