Wapakoneta residents drop off items at the 2014 annual Drop and Swap at the Public Works Department on Harrison Street. Trucks, trailers and vans lined the parking lot filled to the brim with unwanted household items. Most of the items are in good conditions, others may need some work. (Staff photo/Michelle Meunier)
Trailers, truck beds and vans were filled to the brim Saturday morning as community members participated in Wapakoneta’s annual Drop and Swap event at the Public Works Department at 110 Harrison St. Many people found treasures in items others no longer wanted.
In an attempt to reduce the amount of material going into the landfill, the Drop and Swap offered residents a place to drop off unwanted items, and look through items dropped off by other community members.
Participants did not need to drop in order to swap, or swap in order to drop. As a means to reduce the refuse going into the landfill, everyone and anyone was welcome to contribute.
Wapakoneta resident Michael Klopfenstin said he enjoys getting free things and finding items he can use in his home.
“I found a couple of heaters, pressure washer, shelves,” Klopfenstin said. “Stuff we can use.”
Some of the items that were not accepted were used carpeting and any unsalvageable, non-functioning equipment, non-working TVs and mattresses and box springs.
Acceptable items included furniture, bicycles, lawn and garden equipment, tools and other functional items, all computer components and cell phones. Also shoes that are tied together in pairs, no rubber boots and no heels over two inches, batteries, junk metal, non-freon appliances and tires.
Klopfenstin said he has been participating in the Drop and Swap for a few years. Sometimes items he picks up need some minor repairs, but most of the time they are ready for use.
“I’ve been doing it for quite a few years,” he said. “It’s just fun, I enjoy doing it every year.”