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Marion keeps tons of recyclables out of landfills

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MARION (WSIL) -- The City of Marion held its free Electronic & Metal Recycling drive-through Saturday morning.

With help from members of the Marion Wildcats unloading vehicle after vehicle, the city says the collection keeps more than 30,000 pounds of recyclables out of landfills.

The collection is a safe and easy way for the community to unload their old and broken items.

Organizer Terance Henry says, everything from broken cell phones, lawn mowers, computers to refrigerators, show up. But, each year, he is still surprised at what arrives.

"This is our fifth year, and with all the flat TVs and all the Hi-Tech devices that we have, that we still have huge pallets full of your big-floor model console TVs," says Henry, IT Director for the City of Marion. "And that just still surprises me, and how many people are just now getting rid of 8-track players."

For those athletes helping to unload those "antiques" Saturday, Henry says they learned a few things while giving up their morning, like how adults "once listened to music."

Plans are underway to host it again next year

Joe Rehana

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