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DeSoto expands electronics recycling

By Chip Washington - bio | email

SOUTHAVEN, MS (WMC-TV) - The 'Big Switch' to digital television is set to happen in June, and DeSoto County is preparing for it by expanding their electronic waste recycle program.

"We purchased the first trailer in 2007, a 14 footer, and it didn't take us long to realize that there wasn't enough room, and then the TV's come into play," said Jim Bearden, DeSoto County's Director of Operations and Maintenance.

Because many people will be replacing their old analog sets in preparation, the county has added another trailer location in Olive Branch.

Bearden says its much more convenient for residents.

"It just made it more convenient for the people in Olive Branch, so we made the decision to purchase a new trailer," he said.

That trailer is located at the maintenance barn located on Highway 178.  Since it was set up last Tuesday, business has been brisk.  The trailer is now loaded with old computers, TV's and other electronics.

DeSoto County pays for the disposal of all waste.  Officials say the recycling program will actually save money in the long run. 

"Putting their old televisions, microwaves, old telephones into the household garbage actually saves us, because instead of having to pay for it being put in a landfill, we actually have it recycled," said DeSoto County Storm Water Coordinator Ray Laughter.

Laughter said people are not waiting until the last minute to utilize this service.

"We've had our new trailer in Olive Branch and its already three quarters full in one week," he said. "It will probably be full after this weekend."

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