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More than 600 take advantage of Clear Your Clutter Day

A pallet loaded with old computers waits to be wrapped up and hauled away during Clear Your Clutter Day at Harford Community College Saturday.
A pallet loaded with old computers waits to be wrapped up and hauled away during Clear Your Clutter Day at Harford Community College Saturday. (MATT BUTTON | AEGIS STAFF, Patuxent Homestead)

More than 600 cars brought unwanted household items and other recyclables to the second Clear Your Clutter Day held Saturday at Harford Community College.

"We had an overwhelming response with 623 cars coming through," Nettie Owens, the owner of Sappari Solutions and the event's organizer, wrote in an e-mail thanking those who participated. The four-hour event was held in one of the HCC parking lots.

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"That does not include the many cars who got in line, waited an hour and decided to move on before actually coming through," Owens continued. "At times the traffic snaked around and through the college and there were three aisles of cars working their way through the parking lot. HCC Security did a fantastic job of managing the traffic."

"I am profoundly appreciative of the people who stepped in at the last minute to help and who without planning gave up their Saturday just to keep the event moving," she added, naming BumbleJunk of Bel Air - Ryan and partner; Rebecca and Annabel Jessop; Amanda McGhee and family; and "Greg, Lou and the man who coordinated the paper shredding (I am so sorry I forgot your name!) at HCC."

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Owens also thanked event partners, including SARC, Lions Club, Habitat for Humanity, Always Recycling, The Shred Mill, College Hunks Hauling Junk and HCC Vowlunteers.

Owens said Goodwill loaded two semi trucks full of household goods that were donated, "a tremendous amount of stuff that took eight adults and one kindergartner three hours to load in the rain."

Clear Your Clutter Day provided Harford County residents a convenient opportunity to get rid of household clutter in an environmentally responsible way at no charge, while also provide information to people on organizing, donating and other area services.

Saturday's event drew more than three times the number of vehicles that dropped off unwanted things at last year's inaugural event.

Accepted materials included electronics and metal, televisions, books, clothing, shoes, toys, household items, bulky household goods, plastic bags, cell phones, batteries, TVs, cell phones, purses and more. Free paper shredding was also provided.

All sponsorship proceeds again benefit Habitat for Humanity Susquehanna.

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