How to recycle difficult items

by Jennifer Sierra

Screen Shot 2015-04-16 at 10.03.07 PMEarth Day is coming April 22nd. To celebrate the Earth and help facilitate spring cleaning, here are some events that may be useful.

Recycling Electronics – Electronics are one of the items that people get rid because the technology changes so rapidly. Manufacturing them requires taking metals form the Earth and using a lot of energy to do so. Where should you take them? Campbell County is hosting a Spring Clean Up event where you can take all of your electronics. Take your electronics to 1175 Racetrack Road in Alexandria. The event is April 17th and 18th from 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM and April 19th from 8:00 AM until 4:00 PM.

You may also recycle your tablets and cell phones online at where they will give you cash or gift cards for your phone. I have done this many times and they always give me more money than I expect for my old phones. It is important that your phone is in good condition or they won’t take it.

If your phone is an older model or not the best condition, drop it off at Staples where they will recycle it for you free of charge. They offer this service throughout the year. If your device is in good enough shape, they will give you a gift card for their store.

At Campbell County’s Spring Clean Up, you may also drop off tires, scrap metal, car batteries, appliances or electronics and propane tanks. They do not accept oil or paint.

Batteries and light bulbs – It is hard to find a place that recycles batteries. Cleanlites Recycling in Cincinnati, Ohio offers recycling of alkaline, lithium Ion, silver oxide and wet cell batteries. They also offer recycling of fluorescent bulbs and electronics. You may drop your items off at their facility. Call to schedule your drop at 800-778-6645. The Home Depot recycles fluorescent bulbs as well.

Paint – Many people throw paint away but you can donate your unused or unwanted paint. Matthew 25: Ministries accepts paint donations. They recycle the paint in The Rainbow Paint Reblending Program that operates out of a building close to Matthew 25: Ministries. The paint gets shipped to places like El Salvador for use on homes and buildings in less affluent parts of the world.

If you have empty latex paint cans or just a small amount left in a can, you may throw those away in your regular trash. The garbage companies want you to put cat litter or saw dust in the paint can and leave the lid off until the remaining paint dries and hardens. Once it is dry, it is safe to put out with your regular trash pick-up. Oil based paint is never safe to throw out in a landfill, which is where it will go if you put it out with the trash. Take oil-based paint to a hazardous waste facility.

WLWT and Kemba Credit Union are having their 6th annual Shred Day, Saturday, April 18th from 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM in Florence, Kentucky. They are taking receipts, credit cards, credit card applications, expired passports and ID cards as well as all financial documents you no longer need. Campbell County is having a Shred Day April 25th at the DAV Headquarters, 3725 Alexandria Pike in Cold Spring. It is being held from 9:00 AM until 1:00 PM and every person is limited to 5 boxes of material to shred.

Ask the city of Bellevue or Dayton how to obtain a recycling container for your trash if you don’t have one. We only have one planet Earth. It may take a little effort to recycle but a little effort goes a long way.

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