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Unity recycling center hopes to move, accept TVs in 2018

Stephen Huba
| Wednesday, Dec. 20, 2017, 2:00 p.m.
Westmoreland Cleanways accepts tires, scrap metal, Freon-containing appliances, cardboard, paper and fluorescent light bulbs for recycling at its center off Route 30 in Unity.
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Westmoreland Cleanways accepts tires, scrap metal, Freon-containing appliances, cardboard, paper and fluorescent light bulbs for recycling at its center off Route 30 in Unity.

A Unity recycling center plans to resume its electronics collection program early in the new year now that it has found a new home.

The move of Westmoreland Cleanways and Recycling to a new location, also in Unity, is pending the approval of the Unity Township Zoning Hearing Board, which will meet again in January, said Executive Director Ellen Keefe.

Until then, the center is not disclosing the new location. Although the recycling center is planning to move, the offices will stay at 113 Innovative Lane near Beatty Crossroads, Keefe said.

The center was damaged by fire in April, forcing it to suspend its electronics recycling program. The setback has made it difficult for county residents to properly dispose of old TVs, with many sets being left as unwanted donations at thrift stores.

Once it moves, the center will resume its acceptance of TVs, computers and electronic devices. Pennsylvania law requires the recycling of electronic items.

Keefe said people should hold on to their old electronics and bring them in once the move is complete.

“We're usually extremely busy the day after Christmas, but we're not going to be able to take them this year,” she said.

The existing center at Innovative Park will remain open through the transition. Items such as scrap metal, microwaves, Freon appliances, tires, fluorescent bulbs, cardboard and paper are accepted. Fees apply for certain items.

Keefe said announcements regarding the new location will be posted to the website, www.WestmorelandCleanways.org.

Stephen Huba is a Tribune-Review staff writer. Reach him at 724-850-1280, shuba@tribweb.com or via Twitter @shuba_trib.

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