Above: Matt McCracken of White Oak and James Williams Jr. of Duquesne help load discarded tires onto a truck for recycling Saturday in Renziehausen Park.
Volunteers, students and city employees collected hard-to-recycle items --- including TVs, computer monitors, tires and cell phones --- during an Earth Day event Saturday in Renziehausen Park.
"Respect Our City, Respect Our Earth" was open to all residents of McKeesport Area School District and was supported in part by the Angora Gardens Junior Gardeners, the McKeesport Lions Club and the school district.
"This was a great opportunity for residents to safely dispose of materials that would otherwise end up in alleys or over hillsides," McKeesport Mayor Mike Cherepko said. "We want to give people as many opportunities as we can to keep their neighborhoods looking good and their homes uncluttered."
Big's Sanitation of Rostraver Twp. provided roll-off trash containers to hold the computers, electronics, cell phones and other items, which were scheduled for disassembly by an e-waste recycler, Cherepko said, while Pennzoil Tire Lube Express in the city's East End was disposing of the tires.
The recycling event no longer accepts paint because of the difficulty of finding someone in the Pittsburgh area willing to accept it, said Jennifer Vertullo, assistant to the mayor.
Connor Shields, a senior at McKeesport Area High School and a member of the National Honor Society, was one of several students helping to check in cars bringing items for recycling, and said the event had been busy all morning.
Members of the Junior Gardeners, based at White Oak Park, were providing seeds in ready-to-plant biodegradable containers made of twine, compost, potting soil and cardboard. Joanne Welch, who leads the gardening group, said that each person who dropped off a cell phone for recycling was entered into a drawing for a free pass to the Pittsburgh Zoo.
Clean-up events were held throughout the region on Saturday, including in Dravosburg, Jefferson Hills and Pittsburgh's Lincoln Place neighborhood.
Earth Day spring clean-up days are scheduled for 7 a.m. Sunday in Elizabeth Twp.; at the East McKeesport Senior Center on Chicora Street at 9 a.m. Sunday; and at the Turtle Creek Volunteer Fire Department, 125 Monroeville Ave., beginning at 10 a.m. Sunday.
Originally published April 21, 2018.