AV Hosting Community Electronics Recycling Drive October 19th

Friday, October 4, 2013

To assist the community in recycling its e-waste, Westminster College Audio Visual Services will be holding its 8th bi-annual E-recycling Drive on Saturday, October 19, 2013 from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. at the Hoyt Science Center's loading dock.

AV will be working with JVS Environmental, co-owned by Vince Gusbar and Rick Miller, to help collect, haul, and recycle the technology. All electronic items will be free to recycle, with the exception of items that include freon, such as refrigerators, air conditioners, dehumidifiers, and other such objects.

In the past four years, over 70,000 pounds of electronics have been collected through the AV drives, keeping these items from landfills, both in the United States and abroad. Electronics contain toxic substances that can affect not only the environment, but also the health of people living in these areas. These substances, which are quickly broken down into food and drinking water when not safely processed, have been documented to cause various severe health problems and learning disabilities.

Fortunately, the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania has made it easier for consumers to recycle old technology. The Covered Device Recycling Act (CDRA), under the Producer Responsibility Law (HB 708), makes select items free to recycle for consumers. Please note: Fees still apply to businesses and organizations. (All monies go directly to the recycler. Westminster College provides the drop off location and Audio Visual Services provides volunteer labor for these drives. No money is retained by the College.)

Covered materials, as laid out by this act, refers to the following:

  Laptop and desktop computers
  Computer monitors
  Computer printers
  Computer mice
  Any other device sold exclusively for external use with a computer that provides input or output into or from a computer
  Televisions with a screen size more than 4 inches diagonally

By recycling through such certified e-recycling drives, patrons are not only being environmentally responsible, but also keeping in line with state law which makes it illegal for citizens of Pennsylvania to place their electronics outside with the trash for roadside pickup.

JVS Environmental holds an R-2 certification that ensures that materials are disposed of properly. Because JVS Environmental does all of its own deconstruction in its own facilities, they are able to offer free recycling to all consumers for any electronic device, as long as it does not contain freon. Items containing freon cost $15 to recycle.

For more information on the PA act and what will be recycled free of charge, visit www.electronicrecyclers.com/legislation-pennsylvania.aspx. For details on the E-Recycling Drive, contact AV Services at (724) 946-7188, avstaff@westminster.edu, or visit our Green AV website.


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