Recycle Rama scheduled in Hampton
Several major recycling events are coming to Hampton Township and the local area next month including the popular 12th Annual Recycle Rama, on May 18, 9 a.m. to noon.
The event will be held again at the Hampton High School and the Hampton Township Pool parking lot.
Also, the Pennsylvania Resource Council will be holding both the household hazardous waste collection on May 4, at the North Park Swimming Pool parking lot, and a Hard-to-Recycle event at the Galleria at Pittsburgh Mills, May 11. Both are from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Specifics can be found on the Hampton Township website or prc.org.
Hampton’s own Recycle Rama provides an opportunity to recycle or dispose of a large variety of items instead of throwing them in the trash or placing them in storage. Ten Recycle Rama committee members start planning in January with the help of township staff and police and fire police, said Danelle Jameson, event coordinator.
“Most of these committee members have been involved since the first year and do it because we recognize that it is a great community event and we are all passionate about recycling and spreading the word about ways to recycle, reuse, and keep trash from landfills,” said Jameson, of Hampton Township.
Many items can be brought to the event, including electronics, which means anything with a plug, she said. This is one of the few events that accepts electronics for free thanks to JVS Environmental of Rockwood, Pa., said Jameson.
Note that only one television per car is allowed, and strictly enforced.
Last year, JVS reported it collected more than 50,000 pounds of electronic waste, though Jameson thinks it may be more.
“It is by far our largest and most popular collection,” she said.
This year’s other notable collections include useable construction materials, by Construction Junction; cell phones and printer cartridges; clean and useable Halloween costumes; clean towels and blankets for animal shelters; eyeglasses and sunglasses; clean Styrofoam packing peanuts; and scrap metal.
Medical equipment will also be collected by Brother’s Brother. Last year, the nonprofit received 34 crutches, 12 walkers, three wheelchairs, one knee walker, one oxygen concentrator, one over-the-bed table, six shower chairs, six bedside commodes, and seven canes, all to be donated to those in need, according to Jameson.
Karen Dempsey, vice president for development for Brother’s Brother, said this event “is extremely useful to the organization.”
She said they’re always in need of simple medical equipment. While it’s based here in Pittsburgh, they offer assistance worldwide. A donation could be found anywhere from a local Pittsburgh home to a hospital in need in Africa. And they often provide assistance to areas hit by natural disaster, such as the wildfires in California, she said.
This is one example of how donating can do better than just throwing it in the garbage.
Other opportunities include a local Batteries Plus, which is collecting batteries, car batteries, fluorescent bulbs and tube bulbs, the last for a fee. And the Salvation Army will be accepting clothing, shoes, and small household items.
Last year, 51 bicycles were collected by Thrivent Community – Three Rivers to be refurbished and given to those in need.
Pittsburgh East Rotary’s Free Little Libraries will accept young adult books, family DVDs, and small games, such as cards, UNO or puzzles – anything that can fit in their small public storage boxes.
The Trade Institute of Pittsburgh is looking for industrial and technical trade books, especially masonry.
“(The institute is) also looking for essential life skill books – parenting, budgeting, personal finance. The ‘For Dummies’ series of books is especially in demand,” said Jameson.
The following items will not be accepted: Freon, paint, household chemicals, pharmaceuticals and tires.
And, though it was popular in previous years, there is no more collection of spiritwear, sportswear and crafts. They have no one to accept these items so they will be refused.
Also, State Rep. Lori Mizgorski offices will provide off-site shredding of documents to be securely collected. This includes only two, 13-gallon garbage bags, but no magazines or books.
Several limitations and requirements are listed for some of the donations so it’s advisable to check their online flyer, which can be accessed via the Hampton Township School District website at www.ht-sd.org or Hampton Township’s website at hampton-pa.org/.
The township police and fire departments help with traffic control. A map of the collection areas and traffic route is provided on the Hampton Township website as well as a full list of items that can be collected.
Any traffic coming to the event should enter from the Wildwood Road Extension, said Susan Bernet, assistant township manager.
She said last year’s traffic was not as bad as in prior years mainly due to the continued traffic support of the fire police and police department, the location of the vendors in the community park and around the high school, as well as the fact that all sports activities in the community park were delayed until noon, which help alleviate the traffic congestion. The same traffic plan is in place this year, and all sports activities will again be delayed until noon, she said.