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Drop and Swap keeps refuse out of landfill

April 30, 2014

Residents drop off items at the 2013 Drop and Swap in Wapakoneta. This year’s event takes place Saturday, May 3, at the Public Works Department on Harrison Street. (Wapakoneta Daily News/File)

Wapakoneta’s annual Drop and Swap is Saturday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Public Works Department at 110 E. Harrison St.

This event is held in an attempt to reduce the amount of material going into the landfill by offering residents a place to drop off unwanted items and possibly exchange their items for someone else’s household goods.

However, you do not need to drop in order to swap, and you can drop without swapping as well.

According to Auglaize County Solid Waste Coordinator Dave Reichelderfer the less we put in the landfill the better things are.

“We put it in there and it’s gone forever,” Reichelderfer said. “Where a lot of these items that come in have a second life and can be used again.”

There are really only a few items that are not accepted, and those are; used carpeting and any unsalvageable, non-functioning equipment, non-working TVs and mattresses and box springs.

Acceptable items include 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.

For the full story, see the Wednesday, April 30 edition of the Wapakoneta Daily News.

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