Peters and South Fayette looking for new electronics hauler
eLoop llc, a Pittsburgh-based electronic equipment recycler and hauler, has not been hired by the state to collect items in 2016, a move that has left both Peters and South Fayette townships looking for a replacement carrier.
Peters Township was told Dec. 30 that eLoop would no longer be picking up old electronic devices at its Public Works facility to be recycled, a free service that the township has provided to its residents for several years now.
Michael Silvestri, township manager, said the township is beginning the process of finding a new electronics recycling company. This, however, may involve residents paying a small fee.
South Fayette, meanwhile, is no longer serving as a drop-off point either. Mt. Lebanon, Bethel Park and Upper St. Clair do not use eLoop to recycle old electronic devices.
“Over the last couple of years, we have seen rates the manufacturers pay stay pretty steady while the revenue earned from the commodities recycled has declined drastically,” eLoop CEO Ned Eldridge said in a Dec. 30 letter to the townships. “The ability for the recyclers to pay the collectors in the form of rebates has gone away, as well as creating a financial burden for the townships, municipalities, and counties we serve. ... Beginning in January, eLoop will need to charge for the collection and processing of all electronics. We will work out a transition plan for you, but we will no longer be able to accept your electronics for free.”
As part of the Pennsylvania Covered Device Recycling Act, it is illegal for desktop and laptop computers, monitors and printers, iPads, Kindles and televisions with viewable screens larger than four inches to be disposed of in state landfills.
To help with the removal of electronic waste, the Washington County Planning Commission said it will host a monthly electronics recycling service at the Washington County Fairgrounds Exhibit Hall 1, every Tuesday from 2 to 5 p.m., unless otherwise advertised. The service is open to the public and no Washington County residential verification is needed.
Items that will be accepted at this site include computer monitors, towers and bases, computer keyboards and speakers and televisions, with a limit of one per carload. Most items will be accepted free of charge, but there will be a $15 freon removal fee for appliances with freon. Also, there will be a $1 fee per bulb for four and eight-foot fluorescent tubes and compact fluorescent lights.