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Electronics get heave-ho at recycling event

June 15. 2013 11:24PM

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HANOVER TWP. — Luzerne County’s recycling coordinator thinks people are starting to get the message that electronics and landfills don’t mix.

A steady stream of vehicles filed into the Hanover Area Junior-Senior High School parking lot for most of the day Saturday for the county’s annual electronics recycling program, and coordinator Elizabeth DeNardi said this year’s event might bring the biggest yield yet.

Electronic devices — items long prohibited from being dumped in landfills — have increasingly become harder to throw away because waste companies are cracking down on violators, DeNardi said.

Motorists fell into line behind six tractor-trailers where workers loaded unwanted TVs, computers and a dozen other electronic items.

About 30 hired hands from Labor Ready and 30 from ECO International, a New York-based recycling company contracted to take the unwanted items, heaved the gadgets into the trailers. Sounds of electronics crashing inside the trailers and workers’ shouts echoed through the school parking lot as they hurried to move the cars through the lines.

DeNardi said the county has offered the drop-off program for 11 years. More than 4 million pounds of electronics have been recycled over the life of the program, she said. This year might be the most productive, partly because consumers can hardly buy a new device without an updated version following it soon after, she said.

One pick-up truck idled in line with about nine tube TVs of assorted sizes piled high and strapped in.

“I wouldn’t be surprised if we got 5,000 TVs this year,” DeNardi said.

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