Friday, November 5, 2004

Accumulated political stuff must go

Old Kerry signs aren't worth much on eBay

By Lauren Bishop
Enquirer staff writer

So your favorite candidate didn't win this week, and now you're stuck with a sad reminder on the back of your car or on your lawn. Should you stay in denial, or do something about it?

As it turns out, bumper stickers aren't too hard to remove, especially newer ones. If just peeling off the sticker doesn't work, aim a hairdryer or a heat gun at it until it begins to peel, said Tom Ward, owner of ProTouch Quality Auto Detailing and Window Tinting in Covington.

If there's still residue, try spraying on a citrus-based product. ProTouch uses Goo Gone, available at home improvement, hardware, discount, drug and grocery stores. Then use a nylon-covered sponge that won't hurt your car's finish, said Pat Gettys, manager of the Erlanger location of Johnny's Car Wash and Detail Center.

Unless someone invents a creative way to reuse them, political yard signs are probably destined for the trash.

Rumpke can't recycle most signs because they're made from plastic or foam core and have metal stakes through them, which Rumpke's sorting equipment can't remove, said spokeswoman Amanda Wilson. She said Rumpke can recycle any junk mail you received from the candidates, along with other household or office paper, magazines and paperboard.

Don't want to add to local landfills? Diehards can always hold onto their signs in hopes they can be recycled in another election year.


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