Free electronics recycling event scheduled April 16 in Indiana Township
With this year's start of a new state law that bans trashing electronics, Lower Valley residents can take advantage of a free recycling event next month.
Indiana Township and Goodwill will host the event from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. April 6 in the town hall community center parking lot, 3710 Saxonburg Boulevard.
Computers, printers, fax machines, VCRs, stereos, cell phones, TVs, cameras and microwaves all will be accepted, along with other items.
Since January, residents and businesses have been prohibited from tossing covered electronics like these into the trash.
The 2010 Pennsylvania Covered Device Recycling Act requires that trash haulers collect the items only in municipalities with curbside electronics collection programs and take them to state-certified recyclers. In Allegheny County, only 20 of the 130 municipalities have regularly scheduled collections built into their trash contracts. The rest will rely on one-day special collection events like this.
Electronics have become one of the fastest growing waste streams in recent years because of the boom in technology and its availability. In other words, computer tablets, cell phones and similar devices are clogging up the landfills with the same speed that new designs are released.
“There are millions and millions of devices, they have a limited useful life span and they contain heavy metals such as lead, cadmium and mercury that do not belong in the normal trash stream,” state DEP Secretary Mike Krancer said.
Items collected at the event will either be disassembled and recycled or refurbished and sold at Goodwill stores. Data hard-drives will be destroyed.
“Donating your computer not only helps keep e-waste out of the landfills but helps families buy used electronics at an affordable price,” Township Manager Dan Anderson said.
Residents can also donate clothes and household items during the event, which will be resold at Goodwill.
Tawnya Panizzi is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. She can be reached at 412-782-2121, ext. 2 or at email@example.com.
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