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Today’s tech is tomorrow’s recycling

By David Hulse
May 7, 2014

HONESDALE, PA — Wayne County’s Recycling Center dealt with 128 tons of old technology last year, and the facility is on schedule to match that volume in 2014, reported recycling coordinator Mary VanPatten on May 1.

Operating six days per week through April of this year, VanPatten said the Berlin Township center has so far kept 30 tons of old technology “out of the landfill.”

VanPatten appeared before the county commissioners seeking authorization of a contract with a new receiver of technology waste, Vintage Tech LLC, of Romeoville, IL.

VanPatten characterized Vintage’s payment rates as “a little higher than some.” She said Vintage pays $2.50 for telephones, for which most competitors don’t pay. Less stringent packaging requirements also made the Vintage contract more attractive, VanPatten said.

Accepted technology items also include televisions, computer towers, monitors, laptops, radios, stereos, DVD players, printers, fax machines and copiers.

The commissioners gave the new contract tentative approval, pending the anticipated receipt of a signed copy from Vintage Tech.

The Wayne County center also provides containers for 15 volunteer-staffed drop-off points around the county, which operate on varying Saturday schedules.

For a complete list of acceptable items and center programs, visit waynecountypa.gov/recycling.

In other business, the commissioners received and opened two bids for installation of a new fire alarm system at the county’s Park Street Complex. The bids were tabled, and forwarded to the county engineer for recommendations.

The commissioners approved a “trading-partner agreement” with Blue Cross of Northeast PA and Colonial Life, which will allow the insurance providers access to county employee records.

They accepted the May 14 resignation of caseworker Keely Anglin; elevated Justin Huffman from part-time to full-time corrections officer; approved the hiring of part-time food-service worker, Michael McGrath; and approved a title change, naming Laura Swingle as medicolegal death investigation supervisor.

Separately, commissioner’s clerk Vicky Botjer announced that Wayne County Parks and Recreation is again sponsoring the annual Early Bird Golf Tournament. This year’s event is scheduled on Saturday, May 10, at the Honesdale Golf Club.