Electronic recycling event

The Williams County Health Department held its electronic waste recycling event on Wednesday, taking in unwanted electronics from around the county as well as Defiance County, Indiana and Michigan. Helping at the event were: Anthony Salazar, Zach Birdsall, Tyler Michael and Todd Friend of WiltonKeck Recycling as well as Shultz, Apryl McClaine, Emergency Management Agency director, and volunteers Trey Hutchinson and Kim Engels.

The electronics recycling event returned in 2021 to a big success.

The event, hosted by the Williams County Health Department, was canceled last year due to the COVID-19 pandemic. But it returned Wednesday to the Williams County Fairgrounds.

“We had a lot of people from around the county show up to get rid of their electronics,” said Mike Shultz, emergency preparedness coordinator for the Williams County Health Department. “We had some visitors from Indiana and Michigan and we also had some materials that came from Defiance County. We are part of the Four County Solid Waste District, so these kinds of programs also serve those others, as well.”

While Shultz didn’t have exact numbers, he said they filled a 53-foot semi, a 40-foot box truck and a 10-foot box trailer with items for recycling.

He called the event a success with “a lot of happy people.”

“They’re looking forward to the next one, as well, but they were very happy to not throw those things in the trash, to do the right thing with them,” he said.

WiltonKeck Recycling of Bryan took all the material for recycling.

Employees there will take the material to their warehouse and sort through it.

“Once that’s completed, they call their recyclers, the folks who actually break the material down to recycle it, and then it gets shipped out to be finished up,” Shultz said.

Helping out Wednesday at the event were: Anthony Salazar, Zach Birdsall, Tyler Michael and Todd Friend of WiltonKeck Recycling as well as Shultz, Apryl McClaine, Emergency Management Agency director, and volunteers Trey Hutchinson and Kim Engels.

Shultz said he wanted to thank the Williams County Agriculture Society (fair board) and its president, Matt Kennedy, who let them hold the event on the fairgrounds.

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