Hard-to-recycle event set for Quaker Valley HS

Friday, June 8, 2018 | 8:57 PM

Have a 40-year-old television set sitting in the basement that you're dying to get rid of?

Fear not, the Quaker Valley Council of Governments and environmental nonprofit Pennsylvania Resource Council (PRC) will host a hard-to-recycle event at Quaker Valley High School on June 30. The event also will have paper shredding.

It's the second time the event has been in Leetsdale, said Justin Stockdale, PRC's western regional director, adding the council does not make money with these collections.

A similar event is set for June 16 at Bethel Park High School.

Upcoming collections are scheduled for August in West Mifflin and October in Robinson.

Last year more than 25,000 pounds of televisions were collected, said Susan Hockenberry, executive director of the Quaker Valley Council of Governments.

She said motorists need to follow the flow of traffic from Beaver Street because there is no entry from Ohio River Boulevard.

Among the items that will be accepted at these collections include cell phones, CFL bulbs, computer towers, keyboards, laptops, servers, alkaline batteries, tires, video game consoles, DVDs, tires and microwave ovens.

Disposal fees range anywhere from $1 for a pound of CDs to $40 for a large television, Stockdale said.

Since 2013, Pennsylvania has prohibited putting televisions and other electronics in landfills.

Last year around 340,000 pounds of unwanted electronics were collected from collection events.

All electronic waste is turned over to third-party venders, most of who are from outside Pennsylvania.

Sewickley Borough Manager Kevin Flannery said these kinds of specialized recycling events are a terrific community service.

“The recycling events are very important to residents, especially when it handles shredding, paints, tires and electronics,” Flannery said.

Suzanne Elliott is a Tribune-Review staff writer.