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Trash biz booms, but many stuck with old electronics

David Weissman
717-505-5431/@DispatchDavid

York County trash haulers are busy carting off the holiday detritus, but some of that waste might just have to wait.

In the wake of the York County Solid Waste Authority suspending its electronics recycling program, options are limited for those in York who received new computers and televisions for Christmas and now need to get rid of the old devices.

After the authority suspended its program last week, only a few local companies remain that accept recycled electronics, and each has specific guidelines for what it will and won't accept.

Best Buy, at 2865 Concord Road in Springettsbury Township, and Paz Metals, at 4315 Run Way in York Township, are the two locations known to accept electronic recycling within county borders, according Douglas Orner at the Pennsylvania Recycling Hotline.

Alliance Computers, 984 Loucks Road, accepts electronics for recycling at no charge to the customer except for CRT computer monitors ($4) and large TVs ($10). (John A. Pavoncello - The York Dispatch)

Orner said he hadn't noticed an increase in calls from York since the authority suspended its program.

Best Buy will accept tube televisions up to 32 inches wide and plasma, LCD and LED televisions up to 60 inches wide, according to the company's call center, but no more than two per day per household.

York County authority suspends electronics recycling

Paz Metals won't accept televisions, but will pay for computers and monitors, according to its call center. It will also accept VCRs and stereos, but will not pay for them.

Other nearby locations that accept recycled electronics include Columbia Discount Computers, Dauphin County Recycling Center and Staples, according to Orner.

The Covered Devices Recycling Act of 2013 prohibits trash haulers like Penn Waste from collecting electronic waste. To reach the recycling hotline for more information, call 1-(800) 346-4242.

Penn Waste sees a 25 percent increase in collected material beginning in late December, and the company's recycling center in Manchester Township will process more than 450 tons of recyclables per day after Christmas, according to a Penn Waste press release.

Penn Waste can accept cardboard, wrapping paper, holiday cards, magazines, glass bottles, aluminum cans, plastics, steel cans and cartons in the recycling bin, according to the release.

The company can not accept Styrofoam, including packing peanuts, plastic grocery bags, strands of Christmas lights, bubble wrap and plastic air pouches.

Penn Waste also offers residential customers the opportunity to dispose one large item per week in most municipalities and will collect Christmas trees during predetermined days to turn them into mulch.

To learn more about acceptable and unacceptable items and disposal policies for specific municipalities, visit www.pennwaste.com.

Reach David Weissman at dweissman@yorkdispatch.com.