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Shaler recycling event garners 15 tons of electronics

| Thursday, Nov. 7, 2013, 11:42 a.m.
Bethany Hofstetter | Shaler Journal
Boy Scouts from Troop 138 out of Bethlehem Lutheran Church, Dominic Lombardo, Michael Dunn, Brendan Hillgrove and Dawson Dengler helped Shaler Township and JVS Environmental Services employees collect an estimated 15 tons of electronic waste during the township’s annual electronic recycling event.

Hundreds of boxy television sets, computer monitors and wired equipment lined the parking lot at Kiwanis Park in what might be the last of Shaler Township's biannual electronic recycling events.

Shaler Township officials estimate they collected more than 15 tons of electronic waste, one of the largest collections to date, in the Oct. 26 recycling event that could soon be replaced with a special collection service offered through the township's current trash collector, Republic Services.

At the beginning of October, the Shaler Township Board of Commissioners approved a new contract with Republic Services through 2016, with an optional contract extension through 2018, that provides additional household hazardous waste and electronic waste removal services starting Jan. 1 and lasting through the duration of the contract.

The new service will take effect provided the company receives approval and licensure through the state Department of Environmental Protection.

“This saves residents from having to load the waste, and it saves six public works guys from working two Saturdays per year (at the electronic recycling collection events),” said Township Manager Tim Rogers.

In addition to the township's public works employees, staff members and employees from JVS Environmental Services of Rockwood, the township's recycling vendor, and Boy Scouts from Troop 138 out of Bethlehem Lutheran Church also staffed the event to help unload residents' vehicles.

Since the township began hosting the recycling event in 2009, more than 231,000 pounds, or 115.5 tons, of electronic waste have been removed from the township and landfills.

Bethany Hofstetter is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. She can be reached at 724-772-6364 or bhofstetter@tribweb.com.

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