Hampton's Recycle Rama expected to garner huge turnout
Unwanted goods and complicated waste will be welcomed at Recycle Rama 2018 as it returns for its 11th year on May 19 in Hampton Township.
The event will be held from 9 a.m. to noon at both the Hampton High School and township community pool.
For anyone who previously utilized the ambitious collection event, not much has changed, said Danelle Jameson, lead organizer for Recycle Rama. Collection will be done by various businesses and nonprofits in the Pittsburgh area.
“It is always our goal to have a great community day and keep as many of these items as we can out of landfills and have them either reused, repurposed or recycled responsibly,” said the township resident.
The most popular event is the electronics collection, being collected for free by JVS Environmental at the pool parking lot. Jameson said a one-television donation per car is being strictly enforced, no matter the size.
More than 99,000 pounds of electronics were collected in 2017, including the bulk of it being televisions at 55,357 pounds, according to Jameson.
JVS will also collect cell phones and printer cartridges there and at the high school.
Batteries Plus will be accepting all batteries, whether rechargeable, car, or alkaline. They'll also collect light bulbs, including CFL bulbs for a fee.
Construction materials that are in useable condition and ideal for home projects will be collected by Construction Junction. Pittsburgh Center for Creative Reuse will accept art supplies such as paints, brushes, pencils, pens, sketchbooks and even interesting vintage items.
Donate unused medical equipment to Brother's Brother, such as nebulizers, walkers, manual wheelchairs, bedside commodes, canes, crutches, shower chairs, hospital beds, adult disposable briefs and medical supplies.
Last year, the nonprofit received more than 60 pieces of durable medical equipment to be re-used by someone in need, according to Jameson.
Bicycles will once again be collected as well.
A local Salvation Army will be accepting clothing, shoes and small household items.
Glasses can be donated to be refit for those in need. Towels and blankets will be collected for local animal shelters. Even drop off useable and appropriate Halloween costumes.
Miscellaneous items such as scrap metal and clean, packing peanuts will also be collected.
Jameson said Hampton middle school staff is seeking items for their elementary-geared Camp Invention this summer at the pool parking lot. They'll be looking to take apart and re-invent things such as CD and DVD players, VCRs, cash registers, calculators, computer keyboards and even Karaoke machines to name a few.
There's also an opportunity to take something useful home, said Jameson. Hampton athletic wear, uniforms, spirit wear, sports and dance equipment can be dropped off. And feel free to take two or three items, she said. These will be collected at all Hampton elementary schools and middle school until May 15, and then on the day of the Recycle Rama at the high school.
Jameson said they will not accept any dirty athletic equipment or equipment and clothes not in good condition. They will also do the same for books, as long as they are not older than 10 years. And men's and women's business attire and shoes can be donated and exchanged.
“We would love to have a lot of our items traded that day instead of having a large amount of items left over at the end of the day,” she said, emphasizing athletic and spiritwear, books and dress clothes.
New this year is a puzzle and game exchange at the book collection site, she said.
Returning to the event, state Rep. Hal English is sponsoring an opportunity to shred documents. These will be collected and shredded off-site and disposed.
Hampton police will be handling traffic this year, along with the aid of fire police, said Chief Tom Vulakovich.
He said traffic patterns are on the township website. With officers planned to be present throughout the site, he said their goal is to move everyone “as quickly and efficiently as possible.”
Traffic for the event should enter from Wildwood Road. Exit will be onto McCully, Road, according to the online map.
Note they will not accept pharmaceutical items, tires, VHS tapes or magazines.
Adult and high school students who want to volunteer can call 412-487-0752 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Natalie Beneviat is aTribune-Review contributor.