CLEARFIELD – The Clearfield County Solid Waste Authority (CCSWA) hosted another successful electronics collection event Saturday, reported Director Jodi Brennan at Tuesday’s regular commissioners’ meeting.
Brennan said the collection event was made available to residents in order to prevent electronic items from being dumped due to flaws in the commonwealth’s Recycling Covered Device Act.
According to her, the act has been causing electronics recycling problems for counties. She said the intent of the act was to ban certain electronics, such as televisions, computer monitors, etc., from being landfilled.
She said it was also designed for manufacturers to provide recycling outlets at no cost to the public, which hasn’t been happening.
Brennan said there’s currently updated legislation in the works, but until it’s been implemented, the CCSWA will offer collection events, so long as it’s possible.
She said all of the spots were filled prior to the spring event. The CCSWA was still receiving calls days before it and has started a waiting list for the next one.
The day of the event, she said residents were bringing a lot of the old televisions and computer monitors. And, most residents were asking the same question: “when is the next event?”
Brennan said although the CCSWA has a date set aside with the vendor for a fall collection, she said they urged residents to contact their local representatives to get them to support the new legislation proposal.
She said the event moved like “clockwork” and the vendor unloaded the items, weighed them and handled the payment. In particular, she mentioned one resident who brought a 200-pound television and paid $90 to dispose of it.
Commissioner John Sobel, who also took an old television, said the vendor made it extremely easy for anyone who came with items. He encouraged people to sign up early for any future recycling events.