WILKES-BARRE — A number of area residents took the opportunity to get rid of old and unwanted electronic appliances at the Builders and Remodelers Home Expo on Saturday at the 109th Field Artillery Armory in Wilkes-Barre.
The free service was offered by Advanced Recovery Group of Port Jervis, allowing residents and businesses to dispose of used items such as TVs, home computers and laptops.
“This is our second year participating at the Home Expo, and the response has been tremendous,” said Advanced Recovery representative Frank Funicella. “Its a win-win situation for us and the public when we do this type of event. We also provide our services to municipalities with their spring cleanups and as fundraisers for a number of charities.”
Most older television sets contain between two and five pounds of hazardous lead, which can leach into the ground and water table if disposed of improperly, Funicella said.
“Many of the manufacturers of consumer electronics are bound by state and federal law to provide the necessary funding to safely dispose of environmentally hazardous wastes associated with their aging products,” he said. “That’s where we come in, to provide that service to the public.
Paper Eaters, an area document-shredding company, also was on hand, providing its services to residents interested in disposing of accumulated papers.
“This is a great way for residents to combat identity theft — by properly disposing of their sensitive documents,” said Scott Davis, of Paper Eaters. “Most of our services are contracted by local business, but we do at least one annual event to encourage local people to come out and take advantage of our our service at no cost.”
The tons of shredded paper produced by his company are sent to area recyclers, said Davis, and there are absolutely no waste products as a result of the service.
Greg Kalinowsky, of the Hudson section of Plains Township, dropped off a large console TV and computer tower.
“I heard about this electronics collection on the radio this week and decided to clean out the attic and take a ride over,” he said. “All I know is that our local garbage hauler won’t take any of this stuff, so this is definitely worth the trip. ”
The Building Industry Association of Northeastern Pennsylvania sponsors the annual event.