“And because you had no way of getting rid of it, it would just pile up in people’s houses,” said Mark Daniels.
For about a decade now, Daniels has led collection events in his Boulevard Height neighborhood, often delivering his haul to Smith’s efforts. In the old days, when flat-screen televisions became vogue, Daniels said he would collect “mountains” of old big-screen televisions.
Now, he finds an abundance of computers, printers and old appliances.
“It is usually around Earth Day when we have a neighborhood work and clean-up day, to collect material and turn it over to Turner Field,” Daniels said. “It is a never-ending job to keep the neighborhood clean.”
The ecoDepot will run from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m. in the Orange Lot at Turner Field. Most common household and electronic items will be accepted, with the exception vacuum cleaners, refrigerators, washers, dryers, freezers, de-humidifiers, humidifiers, gas-powered equipment, tires, household trash and non-electronic equipment.
“I remember when I started, I had to explain what e-waste was to people. Now people know what it is and I rarely have to explain it,” Smith said. “Now, it is almost common knowledge.”