It’s time to get rid of that VCR or 8-track tape machine in the attic. Why not free up some closet space and clear out clothes that no longer fit or are out of style? All those things are possible at an upcoming fundraiser for Knox Presbyterian Church in Vankleek Hill. The church is collecting old household electronics and clothing items. Then, the items are weighed, and the church is paid by the ton for them and then they are taken away for recycling. Many common home electronics products contain expensive metals that can be reprocessed, or they contain substances that could harm the environment or people and should be properly disposed of.
Mike McGurk of the congregation’s Board of Managers said the weight of electronic items adds up quickly, especially if people bring old television sets and computer monitors. The fundraiser is for improvements to the exterior of the church building, which is over a century old. McGurk said renovations have been ongoing for the past three to four years and have cost about $10,000 per year. He said the electronics and clothing recycling fundraiser will help defray the costs to the congregation for the renovations.
It does not cost anything to give items to this fundraiser. Drop-off times have been arranged for four days. They are from 7:00am to 9:00pm on September 13, 9:00am to 7:00pm on September 14, 9:00am to 5:00pm on September 15, and from 1:00pm to 5:00pm on September 16. A bin will be set up in the church parking lot on Hamil Street for items and volunteers from the congregation will be there to answer questions and give instructions.