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E-recycling expanded in Wayne; Microwave ovens not included


January 23, 2013

DUNMORE, PA — Waste Management Company locations in Northeast Pennsylvania are expanding the list of e-recycling items in Wayne, Lackawanna and Northampton counties.

In Wayne County, the company is already recycling televisions and computer equipment, which its sites began accepting a year ago. Now, the company will accept most other consumer electronics, including VCRs, audio equipment, telephones, cell phones and most other devices that plug in or are powered by batteries.

The action by the company is the final part of the Pennsylvania Covered Device Recycling Act, which is now being fully implemented. The act will ban disposing of these items in landfills.

Covered computer equipment includes laptops, central processing units, monitors, printers, keyboards, scanners and other peripherals.

The act requires electronic manufacturers each year to fund the recycling of a volume of covered devices proportional to each manufacturer’s sales in the state. It also provides free e–recycling for households and businesses with fewer that 50 employees and assures that all electronics collected are processed through a strict system of certification.

Items that will not be accepted for e-recycling are microwaves; devices containing liquid mercury such as thermostats, medical devices and thermometers; and devices containing Freon, such as refrigerators, air conditioners and dehumidifiers.

Also excluded are hazardous wastes, liquids, yard equipment, leaking items, radioactive materials, large appliances such as stoves, washers, dryers, dishwashers, batteries, CDs, DVDs, VHS tapes and cassette tapes.

Waste Management’s collection crews will no longer pick up TVs and computer equipment with household waste.

Residents can drop off electronic waste at the Wayne County Recycling Center, 66 Volunteer Dr., Honesdale; the hours are Monday through Friday from 7 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and Saturday from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m.