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Free recycling event for electronics, paper, more to be held in borough Oct. 19

By Dan Miller

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Posted 10/9/19

A free event to help Middletown area residents get rid of items they no longer want or need will be held from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Westporte Centre Plaza at 300 W. Main St. on Saturday, Oct. …

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Free recycling event for electronics, paper, more to be held in borough Oct. 19

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A free event to help Middletown area residents get rid of items they no longer want or need will be held from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Westporte Centre Plaza at 300 W. Main St. on Saturday, Oct. 19.

The “Organize Your Life” event will include a variety of vendors on hand to collect for recycling electronics such as used TVs and computers, paper that will be shredded off-site, used cellphones, and bicycles and bicycle parts.

People can donate clothing to Community Aid, and Habitat for Humanity will accept used furniture and appliances that are in good condition.

Middletown police will collect unused and unwanted medicine for safe disposal.

The event is sponsored by Dauphin County commissioners.

Recycling of electronics is just for Dauphin County residents. Otherwise, people from outside Dauphin County can come to the event and dispose of items for free, said Laura Souders, a Middletown resident who organized the event through her company, Healthier Spaces Organizing LLC.

Souders said she was motivated to put on the event by all the times she has seen people in Middletown put things such as televisions out for trash collection. They don’t get picked up, and the items just sit there for days and days.

You can drop off electronics at the county recycling facility off Cameron Street just outside Harrisburg, but people either can’t get there or they may not be aware of the service, Souders said.

“I want to bring more awareness of what people can do with these things instead of putting them in the trash,” she said. “To make Middletown look nice and help to make things get recycled and used again appropriately.”