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June 18, 2013

Electronics recycling to be regular event

NEW CASTLE — Tri-County CleanWays has started a new program to accept electronics for recycling year-round.

In partnership with the Lawrence-Mercer Recycling/Solid Waste Department, the organization is offering one recycling site in New Castle and one in Mercer County, about a mile north of Mercer Borough to collect unwanted electronics.

The program is open to anyone, regardless of where they live.

The event requires registration and is on a first-come first-served basis. Participation is limited to the first 50 registrants at each site each month, because of storage limitations.

The first New Castle event, scheduled for 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Wednesday, still has about 10 openings, Megan Gahring, assistant county recycling director, said Monday.

So far, the first Mercer County event, scheduled for June 26, is full and is closed.

The exact locations will not be announced except to people who register and make appointments, Gahring said.

Registration is available by going to tccleanways@comcast.net or www.co.lawrence.pa.us/recycling, and finding link for electronics recycling. That will enable access to the registration forms.

People who have no Internet service may call the county recycling office at (724) 658-6925 to register, Gahring said.

For those who did not get in on the recycling opportunity this month, another small appliance recycling event is being planned for early August, the time and date to be announced, Gahring said.

At each event, these items will be accepted at no charge: televisions, all types and sizes; computers and their peripherals, such as towers, monitors, scanners, mice, keyboards and speakers; and cell phones.

All other electronics can be recycled for just $1 each. They include VCRs and DVD players, CD and tape players, radios, sweepers and vacuums, microwaves, small kitchen appliances, irons, telephones, phone systems and pagers.

Upon registering, a participant will receive an appointment time and directions to the site.

CleanWays also is looking for volunteers to help unload vehicles. Anyone who wants to help may contact the office ahead of time.

In addition to the ongoing program, the cities of Farrell and Sharon are offering electronics recycling for their residents. They may contact their municipal buildings for additional information, according to Jerry P. Zona, CleanWays executive director.

“When people register, they have to give us an idea of what they’re bringing,” Gahring said of the monthly recyclings, noting that for the first events in Lawrence and Mercer County, people have signed up a lot of televisions, in addition to computer components and miscellaneous items.

“TVs are the most difficult to get rid of,” she said, noting more than 50 of them are being accepted at the Mercer County collection.

The group also is planning its larger-scale annual electronics recycling event in September at the Lawrence County Fairgrounds, in addition to its regular collections, Gahring said.

(Email: dwachter@ncnewsonline.com)

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