2012-09-20 / Local & State

Electronics Recycling Rules Reviewed

By Greg Reineke

COUNTY RECYCLING COORDINATOR

Beginning January 24, 2013, landfills and other solid waste disposal facilities in PA will no longer be allowed to accept certain electronic devices or their components. A new state law was passed in November 2010, the Covered Device Recycling Act (CDRA), which addresses the recycling of certain “covered” electronic devices in Pennsylvania. “Covered devices” include desktop and laptop computers, computer monitors, computer peripherals (keyboard, printer, etc), and televisions.

Many consumer electronic products can contain lead, chromium, mercury, beryllium, nickel, zinc and brominated fire retardants, all of which are 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. 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.

In order to provide county residents with a convenient way to recycle their unwanted electronics, the Fulton County Recycling Program has established drop-off “sheds” for electronics. These sheds are located at the same sites where the current singlestream recycling bins are sited: beside the Bethel Township municipal building, beside the old Thompson Township municipal building, in front of the Forbes Road High School, and in the parking lot of the Courthouse Annex II building in McConnellsburg.

Before leaving a computer in the shed, it is highly recommended that you erase or damage your hard drive to protect your personal information. The Recycling Program does not take responsibility for any information that may be obtained from your hard drive when you leave a computer in the recycling shed. M&M Electronics (Penn’s Village Shopping Center, McConnellsburg) has agreed to help computer owners remove the hard drive from their computer. The hard drive can then be physically damaged and/or brought to the Fulton County Conservation District (216 N. Second St. McConnellsburg) where it will be stored until sent for recycling. At the recycling facility, the hard drive is shredded and the metals recycled.

Some very important things to remember:

Only electronics may be placed in the “electronics sheds.” No other material – no other recyclables, no garbage. Anyone found to be leaving any material that is not on the “acceptable material” list, or anyone found to be taking electronics from the sheds, will be prosecuted.

Electronics may only be placed in the shed – not on the ground and not in the “single stream” bin.

If your electronics are in boxes – please remove from the boxes and place electronics in the shed. Flatten cardboard boxes and place them in the “single-stream” recycling bin. Do not leave electronics in boxes.

Please do not bring Styrofoam. This is not recyclable and may not be placed in either the shed or the bin.

It is important that the “program guidelines” be followed or the electronic recycling sheds will be removed.

Your county tax dollars are not paying for this service. It is a public service offering you a way to recycle your electronics without having to leave the county. Please, be a good neighbor. Keep the collection sites clean, recycle only those items on the “acceptable” list, and help monitor the sites to ensure that others use them appropriately.

For any questions or concerns, please contact Greg Reineke, county recycling coordinator, at 717-485-3547, Ext. 120.

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