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November 20, 2013
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Roseburg diesel mechanic's plea: I don't recycle TVs

Alan Kingston went into business to repair diesel pickups, but he’s got an unwanted sideline of recycling discarded electronics.

“It’s just a hassle,” said Kingston, 29.

He opened DC Diesel this month at 1900 S.E. Main St., an address formerly occupied by Going Green Recycling, which recently vacated the building. A phone number for Going Green has been disconnected.

Kingston said people have left more than a dozen radios, televisions, monitors and other computer electronics at his shop’s front door.

He takes the items to the nearest Goodwill store on Northeast Diamond Lake Boulevard.

Other times, people stop by when DC Diesel is open to drop off unwanted electronics. Kingston directs them to Goodwill. It is the only place in Roseburg that currently accepts electronics for recycling, according to the Roseburg Public Works Department.

Most of the items are junk, Kingston said. The most interesting thing that’s been dropped off is a 1970s television set. Kingston considered keeping it, but decided it wasn’t as good as the one he already had in his shop. The TV was hauled away.

Kingston said he soon found himself stopping several times at Goodwill after work with something to discard.

“I got tired of dealing with it,” he said.

So last week he posted a large sign in the front of his shop asking people to stop dumping their electronics at his shop.

So far the sign is working, Kingston said. He hasn’t had to deal with discarding an electronic device since.

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