Electronics Recycling Scheduled
Given the rapid growth of “ewaste,” the Fulton County Conservation District is again spearheading the collection of various electronic equipment for recycling purposes.
With hopes of topping or at least equalling the April 2009 collection that totalled 7,000 pounds of recyclable material, event organizer Greg Reineke has scheduled the main collection dates for unwanted computer and electronic equipment for Saturday, January 16 and 23, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at 610 East North Street, McConnellsburg, adjacent to the American Legion.
For residents unable to visit the main Saturday events, additional days for ongoing or continued collection will occur at the Fulton County Conservation District Office’s office at 216 North Second Street, McConnellsburg, on Monday, January 18, through Friday, January 22. Drop-offs can be made between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m.
Among the items that will be accepted are personal computer equipment, including monitors, keyboards, mouse and peripherals; laptops; mainframe computers; hard drives, circuit boards; printers; modems; answering machines, compact disc players; cellular phones, copy machines; electronic games; fax machines; radios; telephones; and tape players.
“E-waste such as computers, televisions and mobile cellular phones is one of the fastest growing hazardous-waste streams,” said Reineke, who noted electronics can contain a variety of matter ranging from lead and cadmium to mercury and chromium that pose a threat to human health.
“Properly reusing or recycling electronics prevents these heavy metals and other toxic materials from potentially hurting our health. Likewise, recycling recovers valuable materials (precious and other metals, plastics and glass) from old electronics that can be used to make new products,” he added. “As a result, we reduce greenhouse gas emissions, reduce pollution, save energy, extend landfill life and save resources by extracting fewer raw materials from the earth.”
As important as the items that will be accepted beginning this Saturday are other items that will not be accepted at the recycling event – televisions, microwaves, small kitchen appliances, batteries, lamps, vacuum cleaners, irons and fluorescent tubes and bulbs.
“ ... Televisions are difficult to recycle due to the proper handling of lead containing cathode ray tubes,” said Reineke. Televisions will only be accepted if they are accompanied by a $25 disposal fee.
Without a source of grant funding to supplement the program, Reineke reported it is a struggle to find a recycler that will accept items for free. During the January 2010 event, JVS Environmental from Rockwood, Pa., has agreed to provide recycling services. The materials are tentatively scheduled to be reused and recycled in conjunction with state Department of Environmental Protection and national Environmental Protection Agency guidelines.
Advertising for this event will be covered by the South Central Solid Waste Agency that spans Fulton, Bedford and Huntingdon counties.
Any residents having additional questions pertaining to the electronics collection event can contact Greg Reineke at the Conservation District by calling 717-485-3547, ext. 120.