E-Cycling Recycling in Pine makes trashing electronics easy
By Deborah Deasy
Published: Wednesday, Aug. 28, 2013, 9:01 p.m.
Recycling TVs is easy for consumers, but hard work for Jenn Carr, owner and operator of E-Cycling Recycling in Pine.
Carr and her landlord — Pine supervisor Ed Holdcroft — typically stack and wrap more than 150 old TVs per week for “de-manufacturing.”
Carr's drop-off center for electronics — “anything with a plug,” as Carr defines acceptable items — sits behind Holdcroft's Hub Cap City Auto Sales on Route 19.
“Anything with an electrical cord, we will recycle for you ... Anything having to do with electronics,” Carr said, adding TV remote controls to acceptable items.
E-Cycling Recycling opened in February after it became illegal in January to toss TVs in Pennsylvania landfills.
“I'm amazed at how much stuff went into landfills,” Holdcroft said.
Dave Obermeier of Hampton recently dropped off 10 TVs at the Pine center.
“The convenience makes it easy,” said Obermeier, who learned about the center through the St. Vincent de Paul Society.
“Nobody takes TVs anymore,” Obermeier said.
People may drop off TVs and other electronics at E-Cycling Recycling from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. weekdays, and 9 a.m. to noon on Saturdays.
“If you need help, make an appointment with us,” said Carr, who also can arrange for someone to pick up a TV, refrigerator or stove at your home.
E-Cycling Recycling also offers certified destruction of computer hard drives.
Carr and Holdcroft typically work at the center on Saturday mornings.
Holdcroft owns the site, a one-time salvage yard. Carr also owns and operates Your Credit Mechanic out of rented office space on the property.
“We both promised ourselves that we'd be in this a year and we would look back at our goals,” Carr said. “In February 2014, we need to see — is it profitable for us to continue?”
E-Cycling Recycling gets a few cents per pound of televisions turned over to eLoop in Plum, a “de-manufacturing” facility.
“We believe in zero landfill, zero exportation and zero prison labor,” claims eLoop's online site.
The Plum facility has contracts with 30 manufacturers who then buy and re-use the plastic, glass and metals reclaimed from all the electronics collected by E-Cycling in Pine, and other eLoop partners across Pennsylvania.
“They are doing a great job, because Western Pennsylvania needs convenient drop-off locations for that type of equipment,” Ned Eldridge, president of eLoop, said about E-Cycling Recycling in Pine.
“It gives us a great springboard for expanding the type of materials that consumers need to recycle over time — things like batteries, lighting, and stuff like that.”
E-Cycling Recycling currently accepts TVs, phones, electronic cables, DVD players, fax machines, microwave ovens, computer monitors, hard drives, towers, printers and keyboards, at no charge.
E-Cycling charges small fees for alkaline batteries ($1.50 per pound); light bulbs and fluorescent lights (75 cents to $1.50); and appliances with Freon ($10).
How does E-Cycling Recycling make money?
“They are compensated by eLoop for the work they do,” said Eldridge of eLoop.
E-Cycling Recycling is at 11490 Perry Highway. For information, call 412-367-0831 or visit the center's online site: www.ecyclingrecycling.com.
Deborah Deasy is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. She can be reached at 724-772-6369 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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