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Mt. Pleasant's Shop Demo Depot offers electronics recycling

| Wednesday, Feb. 6, 2013, 10:06 p.m.
For The Mt. Pleasant Journal
Working through eLoop recycling, Shop Demo Depot in Mt. Pleasant is now accepting electronics that can no longer be set out for regular trash pick up as store employee Harry Ansell adds one more item to the pile to be recycled in a photograph taken at the Main Street operation on Wednesday, Jan. 30, 2013. Marilyn Forbes | For The Mt. Pleasant Journal

Kim Giles said she believes many residents remain unaware of what Pennsylvania's new electronics recycling law means to them.

Items such as broken television sets or used computers will no longer be picked up in regular trash collection, said Giles, deconstruction manager at Shop Demo Depot in Mt. Pleasant.

“I think a problem with the recycling of the electronics is that many people are still completely in the dark,” Giles said.

The recently passed State House Bill 108 says certain electronics are banned from landfill disposal and must be recycled. Mandated items include televisions, computer towers, laptops, computer monitors and computer peripherals, printers and copiers.

Shop Demo Depot — a non-profit, retail outlet which accepts tax-deductible donations of surplus and reusable building supplies from businesses and manufacturers for resale to the public — is now one of the few locations in the area accepting electronic items for recycling.

The outlet was developed, in part, by Westmoreland Community Action Inc., a Greensburg-based, private non-profit human services organization.

“We can take all of your outdated electronics for recycling off your hands,” said Tay Waltenbaugh, chief executive officer for the organization. “It's a great way to help Westmoreland Community Action while also handling your recycling needs. You can deliver or we can have them picked up.”

All electronic items can be dropped off at the store, where they will then be properly handled and recycled.

“We are recommending to everyone to take your televisions, computers and other electronic there,” said Mt. Pleasant Borough Councilwoman Cindy Stevenson.

Stevenson — who heads borough council's recycling committee — said that she is thrilled to see a recycling venue in the town.

“I think it's great that they are offering this service,” Stevenson said. “Every item that is recycled there is one less item that will end up in a landfill.”

Shop Demo Depot will also recycle other electronic items including answering machines, camcorders, cameras, radios, cell phones, pagers, remote controls, microwaves, gaming consoles and controllers, stereos and fax machines.

“We'll basically take about anything and everything that has a plug,” Giles said.

Items can be dropped off during the regular business hours of 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday.

Arrangements can also be made for pick up of larger items.

For more information, call Shop Demo Depot at 724-552-0491.

Marilyn Forbes is freelance writer.

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