SWA discusses new recycling law

FOX TWP. – Members of the Elk County Solid Waste Authority discussed the impact a new electronics recycling law that takes effect in January may have on operations at the Elk County Community Recycling Center. Elk County Solid Waste/Recycling Coordinator Bekki Titchner said as of Jan. 24, the state will prohibit "covered devices," or electronics like televisions, computers, keyboards, printers and accessories from being deposited in landfills. Municipal waste trucks will no longer be able to collect these items curbside for disposal at a landfill. "I have no idea how it's going to be enforced through the state. All I know is that it can't be mixed with municipal waste, which means that haulers are supposed to not pick it up anymore," Titchner said.According to the state Department of Environmental Protection (DEP), the new law was enacted because these devices contain various metals like calcium, lead and mercury that can become hazardous waste if they are not properly managed and contained. The next electronics collection event is Oct. 20. Titchner said when the new law takes effect, it is likely that the amount of electronics dropped off each month will increase significantly. She said they might need to consider expanding the time frame for electronics recycling to more than once a month. "It might create a real avalanche for us with electronics recycling, and I'm not sure yet how we'll handle that. We might actually have to allow people who can't make that Saturday collection the opportunity to drop it off during the week when we're open," Titchner said.