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St. Ferdinand hosting recycling event in Cranberry for unwanted electronics

| Wednesday, Aug. 14, 2013, 9:00 p.m.
Dona S. Dreeland | Cranberry Journal
Electronics will be collected by Commonwealth Computer Recycling of Greensburg on Aug. 17 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. The event is open to the public.
Dona S. Dreeland | Cranberry Journal
St. Ferdinand Parish in Cranberry helps Western Pennsylvania go 'green' through a number of events, such as next weekend's electronics recycling event held in conjunction with Commonwealth Computer Recycling. Geri Angeletti, left, and Margie Pusateri are two of the many volunteers who helped organize and display the items. Among the thousands of donated items are computers and other electronics.

Members of St. Ferdinand Parish in Cranberry Township are continuing their “going green” theme following another successful White Elephant sale.

On Saturday, parishioners, township residents and small-business owners with 50 or fewer employees can benefit when the staff of Commonwealth Computer Recycling, or CCR, visits to whisk away old and worn electronics.

From 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the church's parking lot, the Greensburg company will accept all kinds of digital-age equipment that has outlived its purpose.

“I'm aware of the increasing difficulty of getting rid of electronics of all types,” said Joe Lutz, business manager of the church for 21 years, who has worked with the company on two previous occasions.

In three to four hours, the loading and disposal of items will be completed at no charge to the parish.

“It's a win-win for everyone,” Lutz said.

And as part of the event, on-site hard-drive destruction will be available for $10. Parishioners can receive this service free of charge.

“The first machine erases the data on the hard drive and the second, crushes it,” said John Mamula, vice president of sales and marketing for the recycling company. “It gives people peace of mind.”

The 3-year-old company was founded to dispose of the ever-growing mountains of electronic waste.

As an R2 certified company, CCR uses no landfills or overseas shipping practices to dispose of the remaining pieces of plastic and metal. At any recycling event, pieces are sorted, weighed and processed, Mamula explained.

While some desktops, laptops, plasma and flat screen TVs may be resold, the rest get shipped to larger recyclers in Philadelphia and Cleveland for demanufacturing. That's where CCR makes money on the scrap value.

“Ninety-eight percent gets recycled,” he said.

During the last year, CCR has held events for many non-profit organizations and schools throughout the Pittsburgh area. A portion of their proceeds is donated to the hosting group. The company also works with counties and townships. An average event might produce between 5,000 and 10,000 pounds of disposable items.

CCR has a full list of acceptable electronics on its website.

They will not accept excluding old-style TVs at the event.

“It's not economically feasible for us to collect TVs at private events,” said Mamula, recommending residents wait for municipality-sponsored recycling days to dispose of them.

That's good advice.

“My fear is that a lot of TVs will end up on country roads and in creeks,” said Lutz. “People will get rid of them somehow, hopefully responsibly. It's going to be a bigger and bigger problem.”

But there's no problem getting rid of other technological junk on Saturday. St. Ferdinand Church is located at 2535 Rochester Road, Cranberry Township.

Dona S. Dreeland is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. She can be reached at 724-772-6353 orddreeland@tribweb.com.

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