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VAN WERT — On Saturday, April 26, the Van Wert Solid Waste Management District will host an Earth Day open house from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m.

Call your bookworm, gardening, and recycling friends and meet them at the open house for refreshments, freebies and fellowship. Take a guided tour of the material recovery facility where sixteen to twenty thousand pounds of your recycling is processed each day.

The free stuff includes:
• 1,000 Chestnut Oak tree seedlings
• Four free scoops of regular wood mulch
• Thousands of free books
• Hot and cold beverages, hot dogs and other refreshments
• All electronics recycling including televisions and monitors
• All appliances from your toaster to the walk-in freezer
• Four passenger tires
• Latex and acrylic paint (liquid in original container only)

Electronics include: computers and all accessories, stereo equipment, TVs, VCR and DVD players, adding machines, radios, communication equipment, and anything else with a cord or a battery.

Appliances include: microwaves, sweepers, toasters, air conditioners, bicycles, freezers, refrigerators, stoves, hot water heaters, dishwashers, washers, dryers, grills, power tools, lawn mowers, trimmers, and anything else with a cord, motor, engine or battery.

The district recycling center is located at 1135 North Washington Street in Van Wert. For special needs or program information call (419) 238-7767 and visit them on the web at