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Manchester's Monthly E-Cycling is Enormous Success

RNA Worldwide said Manchester's electronics recycling program continues to grow and donated $500 to the city's Shop with a Cop program.

The City of Manchester began holding monthly electronics recycling events for residents in July.

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As previously reported by Patch, RNA Worldwide holds the recycling events from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. in the lower parking lot of Schroeder Park on the third Saturday of every month. 

Prior to July, RNA and the City of Manchester only held two e-cycling events, but the company told city leaders earlier this year that there is a high enough demand for additional collections. 

That theory proved to be true.

Scott Farrow, chief operating officer with RNA Worldwide, recently updated aldermen on the success of the project.

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He said that since July, 130,149 pounds of electronics have been collected during the Manchester recycling events. Overall, 339,909 pounds have been collected since last year when RNA began working with Manchester.

"It's been wonderful. It's absolutely been wonderful," Farrow tells Patch. "We had no idea. It continues to grow." 

"I think it's surpassed any expectation that we had in the way of recycling," Manchester Mayor David Willson said. "So I commend the community for that. It's a good program."

The monthly event does not require city staff. RNA provides staffing and clean-up each month.

"Obviously the types of items are getting more creative as people are understanding it's all electronics," Farrow tells Patch. "We're getting newer computers because people are updating and because technology is continually updating."

Residents of the surrounding areas are also invited to utilize the recycling event. Electronics and appliances are accepted.

To pay the city back for its business, RNA recently made a donation of $500 to Manchester's Shop with a Cop program. Shop with a Cop pairs up Manchester police officers with local children to go shopping at Walmart and buy gifts for the childrens' families. 

Police said 105 kids will take place in this years Shop with a Cop event. Each kid is allotted $100 to spend on gifts for their families. For more details on the program visit www.manchestershopwithacop.com.

Also this year, RNA donated $500 to the City of Manchester for it to put toward the cost of the "50 Years as a Manchester Resident" annual luncheon. 

RNA also held an electronics recycling event in Town and Country earlier this year.

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