October 15, 2011

A big thank you to all the volunteers, Concord Public Works (CPW) staff and others who helped out at another successful DropOff and SwapOff Day on Saturday. It turned out to be a beautiful autumn day, with just a brief shower near the end of the event. Attendance at the DropOff was down a bit from previous highs, with 890 paying vehicles coming through checkout, but that's still quite a healthy total (roughly one vehicle every 23 seconds, on average)! As usual, we have no way to count how many people came through the SwapOff area, but those who were there know it was busy.
Once again we had more than 140 volunteers helping out during the course of the day. A special thank you to the many volunteers who stayed on for an extra shift or switched to a different area as we juggled people to cover everything. Everyone did a wonderful job.

Summary of the Items Collected at the DropOff


  • 1 30 yard roll-off container of carpeting
  • 1 30 yard roll-off container of upholstered furniture
  • 1 bag of bubble wrap
  • 1 box of ink jet printer cartridges
  • 1 box of tennis balls
  • 1 container of 8 foot fluorescent bulbs
  • 1 truckload of children's items
  • 1/2 of a 5-gallon bucket of mercury thermostats and thermometers
  • 10 Backpacks
  • 112 boxes of paper were collected for off-site shredding
  • 12 refrigerators
  • 12 toilets
  • 143 bikes
  • 15 Boxes of sneakers for Nike
  • 15 gallons of controlled substances
  • 166 bags of Styrofoam
  • 2 boxes of floppy discs
  • 2 boxes of VHS tapes
  • 2 truck loads of household goods
  • 21 propane tanks
  • 23 microwaves
  • 29 mattresses
  • 3 5-gallon buckets of rechargeable batteries
  • 3 bags of towels for HGRM
  • 3 boxes of CDs
  • 3 boxes of Sharps
  • 3 containers of 4 foot fluorescent bulbs
  • 3/4 Truckload of reusable building materials
  • 43 toner cartridges
  • 5 30 yard roll-off containers of scrap metal
  • 5 bags of sneakers for Goodwill
  • 5 boxes of compact fluorescent bulbs
  • 5 boxes of unwanted medicine
  • 5 containers of rags
  • 56 dehumidifiers
  • 59 air conditioners
  • 68 cell phones
  • 7 smoke detectors
  • 75% of a 53 truck was filled with electronics
  • 9 helium tanks

In addition we also collected 5 30-yard rolloff containers of wood and construction debris that will be recycled into low level reuse and 5 30-yard rolloff containers of oversize waste that will be landfilled.