Dauphin County Commissioners, Healthier Spaces Organizing, LLC to hold Organize Your Life recycling event on Oct. 19

HARRISBURG, PA (October 14, 2019) – Clean out your closets and recycle unused household items, such as electronics, cell phones, furniture, clothing, appliances, bicycles and bike parts, for free at the Dauphin County Organize Your Life event from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 19 at the Westporte Centre, 300 W. Main St., Middletown. Sponsored by Dauphin County Commissioners Jeff Haste, Mike Pries and George P. Hartwick, III and Healthier Spaces Organizing, LLC, this one-day event also offers safe medication disposal and cell phone recycling.

“This is a great opportunity to get rid of and recycle all kinds of household items at one place,” said Pries, who oversees the county’s Waste Management and Recycling Department. “We’re proud to partner with Healthier Spaces Organizing and other local businesses to offer this free service for residents.”

Participating organizations include:

  • Graybill Equipment and Repair (Dauphin County electronics recycling),
  • Community Aid (clothing donations),
  • Habitat for Humanity (furniture and appliances in good condition),
  • AT&T (cell phones for soldiers),
  • Dauphin County Recycling Center (paper shredding),
  • Recycle Bicycle Harrisburg (bicycles and bike parts), and
  • Middletown Police Department (medication disposal).

"I wanted to bring awareness of the great recycling opportunities that are available in our community," said event coordinator and owner of Healthier Spaces Living, LLC Laura Souders. "Often, we may not know the people who could benefit from our unwanted or unneeded things."

The event will be set up like a drive-thru so that residents will not need to get out of their vehicles. Volunteers will unload items.

“From our ongoing recycling efforts to the 17,000 acres of preserved farmland, we remain committed to keeping our county clean and green,” said Haste. “You can do your part by making a conscious effort to reduce, reuse and recycle.”

AT&T will be on hand to accept cell phones, regardless of the carrier, to recycle and provide cost-free communication services and emergency funding to active-duty military members.

“Our goal is to make ‘going green’ as simple and convenient as possible for everyone,” said Hartwick. “Now is the perfect time to get rid of those unwanted items that can be recycled or reused before winter arrives.” 

Dauphin County residents also can recycle electronics for free at the Recycling Center. The facility also accepts unwanted appliances that function by electric or gas current for a minimal fee, packaging and food service containers, polystyrene foam #6 and compact fluorescent bulbs and offers confidential paper shredding. The center is located off S. Cameron Street in Harrisburg, inside the Susquehanna Resource Management Complex, and open from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday and 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturdays.

For more information, please call the center at 717-982-6772 or visit the county’s website at www.DauphinCounty.org.