The big drop-off in Salem attracts over 1,000 vehicles

Salem city street foreman Jim Phillis, left, and city worker Walt Bezeredi dump a television from a front loader into a city truck during the Salem/Perry Township large furniture, electronics and appliances drop-off event in the city parking lot Saturday afternoon on East Pershing Street across from the Timberlanes site. The city and Perry Township joined forces for the two-day collection through the Carroll-Columbiana-Harrison Solid Waste District, which contracted with Green Light of Canton to take the electronics and Dailey’s of Wellsville to take everything else. Salem Service/Safety Director Ken Kenst said they never expected the kind of turnout that showed up with refrigerators, televisions, computers, all types of furniture and even a treadmill, with at least a thousand vehicles coming through the line. Phillis said they had to fill every city truck they had, plus two Perry Township trucks with the overflow after filling two huge dumpsters. He said they collected 20 truck loads and filled one 30-yard dumpster with televisions, VCRs, computers and computer monitors, collected five truck loads of microwaves, dehydrators and air conditioners, filled a 40-yard dumpster with furniture and large appliances and made a pile next to the dumpster. (Salem News photo by Mary Ann Greier)