Drop in the swap

When half of the items don’t even make it inside the building, you know it is a successful day for the annual Wapakoneta Drop and Swap.

The “One man’s trash is another man’s treasure” adage rung true Saturday as the 20-year-old event saw it’s traffic decrease just slightly from a year ago.

“We started taking latex paint every week at the Recycling Center and we are now recycling it,” Auglaize County Solid Waste Coordinator Dave Reichelderfer said. “I think that affected the traffic a little, but other than that, it was still very busy and it was a successful day.”

People dropped off everything from old televisions, toys, old electronics and computer items, to washers and dryers, bicycles  and other household items.

Wapakoneta Recreation Inc. officials even had a truck full of old baseball batting helmets for the taking.

Reichelderfer said it would be about a month before they knew exactly how many items they took in.

“A lot of the stuff doesn’t even make it in the building,” Reichelderfer said. “A lot of it gets unloaded from one vehicle and straight into another while they are waiting to get in. I would say we got about two semi loads of tires alone and a lot of old lead-based paints.”

The Drop and Swap had its typical band of marauders looming around to grab anything of conceivable value.

Reichelderfer said the items are commonly picked up by others to repair and sell for small profits or for their scrap value.