Electronics Recycling Program

Allegheny County is holding a recycling program to benefit the Humane Society. They’re accepting all types of electronics/electirc items at several county parks through April 11. There are no disposal fees with the exception of non-plasma/flat screen TVs. Good way to get rid of old stuff, especially for businesses. I dropped off 6 monitors this weekend, only took a few minutes and no paper work. Detailed info and list of accepted items here:


Onorato, Western Pa. Humane Society Announce Free E-Waste Recycling
Thursday, March 19, 2009

Recycling program will benefit homeless animals
Contact: Gretchen Fieser, Humane Society
412-321-4625 x 248 office
412-370-6021 cell

PITTSBURGH — Allegheny County Executive Dan Onorato and Western Pennsylvania Humane Society (WPHS) Executive Director Lee Nesler today announced a free recycling program for old electronics, which will benefit homeless animals.

“We are proud to partner with the Western Pennsylvania Humane Society for this e-waste recycling project,” said Onorato. “Through Allegheny Green, we are committed to promoting sustainable practices within County government and through countywide policies and programs. This is a perfect opportunity to recycle old materials in an environmentally friendly way, while helping our four-legged friends.”

The e-waste collection sites will be located at the swimming pool parking lots in North, South, Boyce and Settler’s Cabin parks, the Round Hill Park duck pond parking lot, and WPHS’ North Shore Shelter parking lot between March 28 and April 11. The drop-off sites will be open Monday through Friday, 10:00 a.m. until 7:00 p.m., and weekends 10:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m.

“We are asking people to look around their homes, businesses, schools, clubs – wherever they might have old electronics that they would like to dispose of in an environmentally sensitive way,” said Nesler. “Usually, people have to pay a fee to get rid of electronics, but this unique event allows people to do so at no cost while helping the environment and our region’s homeless animals at the same time. This is such an innovative way for people to help the shelter, particularly in this difficult economic climate.”

The items will be recycled by EarthEcycle®, a company committed to reducing and eventually eliminating the amount of electronic waste sent to landfills. For every 100,000 pounds of electronics collected, the Western Pennsylvania Humane Society will receive $10,000.

The following items will be accepted, both functional and non-functional:

All batteries
CB radios
CD players
Cell phones
Circuit boards
Computer monitors
Computer software
DVD players
Electric lawnmowers
Electric pianos
Electric wheelchairs
Fax machines
Game consoles
Photo copiers
Power tools
Video cameras

There will be a $15 charge for non-plasma/flat screen televisions due to the delicate and expensive nature of recycling older televisions.

Washington Humane Society did this in Southpointe a couple weekends ago. I got rid of a computer, cell phone, and some batteries. Seems like a good program.