For Immediate Release

Marietta, Ohio — Do you have an old mattress or rechargeable batteries lying around waiting to be recycled? Now is your chance. Marietta Area Recycling Center (MARC) is spearheading a recycling drop-off at the Peoples Bank Parking Lot on the corner of Gilman and Putnam Streets in Harmar from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, April 10 as a part of the Marietta Earth Day Celebration.

The drop-off will focus on difficult to recycle items (see the list below). Residents also can drop off 30-gallon bags of trash, which will cost $3/each.

“We have identified local or regional markets for each type of item we’re accepting, so this will be as zero waste as we can make it,” says Ed Newman, Director of Rural Action’s Zero Waste program. “Nothing is being sent overseas or even outside our region. It all will be repurposed, reused or recycled with entrepreneurs in our region.”

Here are recyclables that will be accepted during the event and where they will be processed:

  • Textiles (Clothing): Neighbors Helping Neighbors in Ashland, KY. distribute some of this to people in need and also market the textiles to larger textile distributors. Clothing needs to be clean.
  • Rechargeable Batteries: RePower in Amesville reconstitutes the batteries ability to hold a 100% charge.
  • Mattresses and Box Springs: Miltin Mattress Recycling in Nelsonville dismantles them and markets the materials. Mattresses need to be mold free and there is a $10 processing fee to recycle.
  • E-Waste: It’s collected by Athens-Hocking Recycling Centers (AHRC), then to Accurate IT in Columbus, an R2-certified company that responsibly and legally manages all materials and does it here in the United States. Here is a complete list. TV Sets have a processing fee to recycle, $20 for flat screen and $40 for CRT/Tube.
  • Scrap Metal: Collected to R.J. Recycling in Parkersburg. (NO refrigerators, freezers or air conditioning units which required special equipment to remove Freon properly so it doesn’t destroy ozone in the atmosphere.).
  • Medical Supplies and Equipment (NO MEDICATION OR MEDICAL WASTE): Taken to Medwish International in Cleveland a non-profit that repurposes discarded medical supplies and equipment to provide humanitarian aid to people in need. Go to ( ) to see a list of accepted items.
  • 30 Gallon Bags of Trash ($3/bag): AHRC, then to the Athens-Hocking Landfill.

The event is sponsored by MARC, Athens-Hocking Recycling Center, Rural Action and Peoples Bank.

For more information, please contact Ed Newman at

Rural Action is a regional community development organization with a 32-county footprint working with members and community leaders on a range of quality of life, environmental, and economic projects across rural Appalachian Ohio. Its mission is to build a more just economy by developing the region’s assets in environmentally, socially, and economically sustainable ways. Learn more about Rural Action at

MARC (Marietta Area Recycling Center) is a volunteer based recycling drop off service to Marietta, Washington County and surrounding areas to enable residents to reduce trash and provide feedstocks for businesses in our region.

Athens-Hocking Recycling Center is a non-profit comprehensive solid waste management company with a union staff. including trash, recycling, organics composting and rolloff services. Learn more about AHRC at

Peoples Bank is a financial service company that has been headquartered in Marietta, Ohio since 1902 and has provided financial stability, growth and community impact across Ohio, Kentucky and West Virginia. Learn more about Peoples Bank and their Community Support at