Whether replaced out of necessity or a desire for a newer model, local residents can find themselves stuck with old televisions and computers.
Be Local means taking advantage of fall hard-to-recycle days.
“The materials we collect all have the potential to put toxins in the environment,’’ said Ellen Keefe, executive director of Westmoreland Cleanways, who noted, “When you bring it to our facility, it’s taken to recycling centers that are certified to make sure the items are handled properly.’’
Jason Theakston, Washington County recycling coordinator, said Pennsylvania passed legislation in 2010 that prohibits throwing televisions and computers into landfills.
Theakston said, “That created a need. Every community and county has a collection plan in place.’’
A number of local events are planned. Check to see what’s accepted and any fees.
Fayette County will collect from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sept. 21 at the Farmington VFD Fairgrounds. For more information, check www.fayettecountypa.org and search for Solid Waste and Recycling under “Services’’ or call 724-430-4884.
“We had five tractor-trailer loads of televisions at our first event and one full trailer at each of the other (2019) events,’’ said Sheila Shea, Fayette County recycling coordinator, who added 400 to 500 tires were also collected each time.
Greene County offers electronics recycling from 2 to 6 p.m. Sept. 25 at the Greene County Fairgrounds along Route 21. Look for a new traffic pattern. More information is available at www.co.greene.pa.us. Click on Departments and Services to find recycling or call 724-852-5300.
“I encourage phone calls so people have the correct information and make it a pleasant experience,’’ said Mimi Ritenour, Greene County recycling coordinator.
Rostraver Township is offering electronics recycling from noon to 8 p.m. Sept. 20 and 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sept. 21 at the road department building. Photo ID is required for proof of township residency. Visit www.rostraver.us for more information.
“We’ve been doing this a couple of years – once in the spring and one in the fall,’’ said Jeff Keffer, township manager, who noted, “Each time, we have two to three, very large, roll-off containers full.’’
There are also recycling centers that take electronics year-round in Washington and Westmoreland Counties.
Theakston said JVS Environmental opened a facility April at 1 American Way, Ellsworth. Do a GPS search for the Ellsworth post office, located in front of it.
“It’s open to the public so as long as you get your equipment there, they will take it,’’ said Theakston.
The site is open 2-6 p.m. the second and fourth Tuesday of each month. For more information, visit www.co.washington.pa.us and type in recycling in the search bar or call 724-228-6811.
Westmoreland Cleanways accepts electronics at 113 Innovative Landing, Building F, Latrobe, noon to 5 p.m. Mondays, 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wednesdays and Fridays, and 8:30 a.m. to noon, second Saturday of each month. For details, visit www.westmorelandcleanways.org or call 724-879-4020.
“If you’re willing to drive, we’re willing to take it,’’ said Keefe, noting there are no residency requirements, no size restrictions and no quantity limits. “We encourage people coming from far away to bring as much as you can in one trip.’’
Those interested in joining the Be Local Network can call 724-425-7515 or email Sharon Wallach at email@example.com. Discount cards are available at the Herald-Standard, 8 E. Church St., Uniontown, and at the Greene County Messenger, 32 Church St., Waynesburg.