Super Saturday brings in unwanted items

Luke Gronneberg

May 4, 2014

SIDNEY — This year’s Super Saturday recycling event appears to have been a tremendous success. Although the final numbers with respect to the weight of the electronic items that were dropped off for recycling, the weight of the documents that were shredded, or the weight of the drugs that were turned in won’t be known for some days, the number participating in the event was up about 33 percent over last year.

Anticipating additional traffic this year, the event was moved from the Sidney-Shelby County Health Department’s parking lot to the Shelby County Fairgounds. Participants drove through the building now used by the Emergency Management Agency, something that would have been more important had the rainy weather of the early morning not moderated to bright sunshine.

While the majority of those who participated (236) in the event had Sidney addresses, there were also a number of county communities represented, including Anna (17), Jackson Center (12), Fort Loramie (four), Botkins (four), Russia (three), Houston (two), Maplewood (two), Kettlersville (one), and Port Jefferson (one). Individuals from Minster, Wapakoneta, DeGraff, Quincy, Piqua, and Troy also brought items to be recycled.

“This was a tremendously successful event,” said Susan Helterbran, program coordinator for the Northwest Central Ohio Solid Waste District. “The cooperation between the City and County and the additional support from the many partners who joined us for Super Saturday made the day an outstanding one. I’m really looking forward to see how much waste we were able to recycle and keep out of our landfills.”

On Saturday from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m., residents are able to recycle electronic items, dispose of/shred confidential records, and get rid of any no longer needed drugs. Super Saturday Recycling Day was again sponsored by the city of Sidney, the Shelby County Commissioners, the Sidney-Shelby County Health Department, the North Central Ohio Solid Waste District, the Sidney-Shelby County Chamber of Commerce and Goodwill Easter Seals Miami Valley (GESMV). Joining the effort this year were Minstger Bank, the Shelby County Sheriff’s Office, the Shelby County Emergency Management Agency and the Shelby County Agricultural Society.

“Our new partners allowed us the opportunity not only to move the location of the event, but to expand this year’s event to include document shredding and the collection of no longer needed drugs,” Sidney Mayor Mike Barhorst said. “We know from the records we kept on site that 81 of those who stopped by dropped off drugs, and 115 brought documents for shredding, so this obviously was something that was appreciated by residents. Sheriff John Lenhart had indicated that he would accept even illegal drugs, no questions asked, but no one took him up on that offer. Even so, I was surprised by the quantity of prescription drugs that were turned in.”

Another new feature this year was WMVR Radio’s remote broadcast featuring Joe Laber from the site for a part of the morning.

“WMVR Radio was delighted to be part of this effort,” Laber said. “I hope that broadcasting live helped remind our listeners of the opportunity they had to participate in this awesome event.”

Also new this year, Lyons Catering of Christiansburg, Ohio, provided lunch for the volunteers who were working during Super Saturday. Chuck Lyons set up his portable kitchen and prepared a lunch of hot dogs, hamburgers, baked beans and brownies that were the hit of the event.

Among the volunteers who staffed the event in addition to Barhorst were Shelby County Commissioners Bob Guillozet and Tony Bornhorst, City Councilman Steve Wagner, City Clerk Joyce Goubeaux, Assistant City Manager/Public Works Director Gary Clough, Shelby County Sheriff’s Deputy John Linder, Sidney Wastewater Treatment Plant Water Pollution Control Chemist Gregg Mitchell, Goodwill/Easter Seals Business Development Manager Fred Lageman, Minster Bank Sidney Branch Manager Rhonda Keister, Minster Bank Vice President of Commercial Banking Dan Heitmeyer, and North Central Ohio Solid Waste District Program Coordinator Susan Helterbran. There were also a host of adults from Goodwill/Easter Seals and the Shelby County Recycling Center. Boy Scouts and students from local schools also assisted in providing the necessary manpower to guarantee the success of the six hour event.

“The planning committee will meet in a couple of weeks to analyze the results and issue a final report,” Barhorst said. “We’ll also begin making plans for next year’s Super Saturday. We’ve already received a request from another organization that would like to be involved, so we may expand our effort even a bit further.”