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Earth Day events include e-waste, tire recycling

Saturday, April 20, 2013 - 12:01 am

Free e-recycling

JH Specialty and Goodwill Industries of Northeast Indiana will mark Earth Day on Monday with a community wide e-waste recycling and donation drive from 3 to 6 p.m. Monday and Tuesday at JH Specialty, 6032 Huguenard Road.

The company and Goodwill want to help people get a start on spring cleaning and provide a free option for recycling computers, computer equipment, phones and small electronics, a news release said. People also can donate gently used household goods, books and collectibles, as well as clothing and shoes in any condition.

Gently used clothes and shoes will be sold in Goodwill stores, and torn or damaged items will be recycled, the news release said.

Donations to Goodwill helps Northeast Indiana residents who have disabilities or barriers to employment find and keep jobs, the news release said.

Free tire recycling

McMahon's Best-One Tire & Auto Care will celebrate Earth Day by offering free recycling of used tires from 7:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday at its Coldwater Road store, next to Glenbrook Square.

The free recycling is limited to light-truck and passenger-vehicle tires, a news release said. Dealers normally charge a small fee for each tire they recycle.

“It's environmentally responsible to ensure that tires are recycled properly so that they don't end up in landfills, empty lots and alongside country roads,” said Kim McMahon, McMahon's president.

Thermostat giveway

In honor of Earth Day, Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning will give away one Nest Learning Thermostat every hour for 24 hours Monday on their Facebook page, a news release said.

To qualify to win, go to the Service Experts Facebook page each hour Monday and answer a question related to “being green,” the news release said. A new question will be posted hourly. Answers don't have to be correct for you to win the thermostat, which is valued at $250.

The Nest thermostat learns a homeowner's behaviors, preferences and surroundings to create a custom, energy-efficient heating and cooling schedule, the news release said. It also can be adjusted remotely via a computer, tablet or smartphone.

Now through June 14, customers also can buy a Nest thermostat along with an air conditioning precision tune-up, and a Service Experts technician will install the Nest free (a savings of $119), the news release said.