E-cycling event a success

Gettysburg Times Reports on e-End e-Recycling Event 

BY VANESSA PELLECHIO | Times Staff Writer

Following the "success" of the electronics recycling effort Saturday, county and municipal officials are eyeing funding options to create an annual collection event.

About 350 vehicles pulled in to drop off outdated electronics at the county's first-ever e- cycling event Saturday, sponsored by Adams County, Adams County Council of Governments (ACCOG), and Adams Electric Cooperative Inc., according to Coleen Reamer, ACCOG president and a Hamiltonban Township supervisor.

 

Reamer said the three 53-foot trailers were not completely filled, but all were utilized, including some items coming from people on the waiting list.

On average, residents brought between two and four items, Reamer said, noting the most common devices were old computer monitors and "large old-time console TVs."

"Based upon the success of this event and the continuing need for local electronics recycling, I will work with the COG and to raise funds for an annual event," Adams County Commissioner Marty Qually said Sunday.

Reamer said ways to fund another event will be discussed at the next ACCOG meeting, adding they have looked into grant opportunities as a possibility.

"We will talk to COG members and see how they feel about it and go whatever route they say," Reamer said.

Reamer said the event from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. drew in about 40 volunteers, including about 10 staff members from e-End, a recycling company based in Frederick, Maryland.

Qually said local fraternity Lambda Chi and the Gettysburg College Democrat Club also volunteered.

"We got a lot of compliments on how fast and easy it was (to drop off items)," Reamer said.

Out of the 350 vehicles, Reamer said there were only three people who did not register. One of the residents did return toward the end of the day after contacted when space remained in the trailers, according to Reamer.

Last February, ACCOG exceeded its $12,000 municipal matching funds to go toward the Adams Rescue Mission's electronic recycling program. Bruce Dietrick, the Adams Rescue Mission director, previously indicated the recycling program cost the nonprofit $24,000 to operate a year, since they lost about $2,000 a month. Adams County Commissioners offered to put $12,000 into the program if municipalities stepped up with the other half.

However, the efforts did not move forward due to the lack of an electronics recycling market in the state.

Reamer thanked Cecilia Billingsley and Cindy Sanderson of the Adams County Office of Planning and Development for helping residents pre-register.

"I'm glad the county, Adams Electric, and the council of governments can come together to provide a needed service to residents," Reamer said. "These items were stored in garages and basements. We are really happy it turned out to be an important service to them."

e-End Worked with Perry County PA to Keep Over 50,000 Pounds of Electronics out of landfills.

E-recycling Event Collects Tons, Hits Capacity Early

PERRY COUNTY TIMES

By Jim T. Ryan, Staff Writer

ELECTRONICA -- Wayne Campbell of Newport snapped this photo of volunteers organizing TVs and other electronics at the Keep Perry County Beautiful recycling event on May 20.

ELECTRONICA -- Wayne Campbell of Newport snapped this photo of volunteers organizing TVs and other electronics at the Keep Perry County Beautiful recycling event on May 20.

Perry County's electronics recycling event on May 20 surpassed last year's event by 19 pallets worth of unwanted TVs, radios and other devices, and the expectations of organizers when the event reached capacity early.

"We weren't even ready when people started pulling in," said Kristie Smith, the county's recycling coordinator and a watershed specialist with the Perry County Conservation District.

The e-recycling event at the Perry County Fairgrounds in Newport was supposed to kick off at 10 a.m., but the first of about 279 cars showed up around 8:45 a.m., Smith said. Organizers had to ask people to wait a little while they got set up.

It only became busier after that. Cars reportedly continued to line up at the site and down the roads creating a small traffic jam that kept volunteers from reaching the fairgrounds to help.

"We were swamped, that's the best way to describe it," Smith said, adding that's a measure of success for the second e-recycling event. 

Because there were so many cars and items to be recycled, organizers decided to end it at 12:30, but kept working through collections until 1 p.m., said Brenda Benner, county commissioner who was also at the event. It was supposed to last until 2 p.m.

"We had to turn some people away at 1 p.m. because we had reached capacity," Smith said.

In total, the recycling event filled a 53-foot tractor trailer, two 26-foot box trucks, a 1-ton pickup truck and a smaller trailer. The total number of pallets holding electronics was 55. Last year's event in October used fewer trucks and collected just 36 pallets, or 26,000 pounds, of unwanted electronics, Smith said. 

This year's event was a success even if some people were turned away at the end because the electronics won't end up polluting the forests and streams.

"I met a lot of very nice people, so I thank the community for coming out and being a part of what we're trying to do," she said.

This wasn't the first time an electronics recycling event was too successful. The combined event for Duncannon and Penn Twp. in April experienced some of the same issues. People showed up early with lots of electronics. Although it was supposed to last several hours, the borough had to stop accepting items less than an hour after opening. That left many people frustrated because they waited in line for nothing. 

The borough discussed a second event, possibly in June, at it's May meeting. It likely will separate the times for drop-off by borough and township residents, if Penn Twp. decides to participate again. 

Over time, the electronics recycling events will go smoother, Smith said. Fewer high-priority cathode ray tube (CRT) televisions and computer screens that contain lead will be out in the public. That will reduce some demand for the events and level attendance. 

There could be collection centers opening this year that would give residents other avenues to recycle their electronics. Cumberland County is opening such a location, Smith said. Eventually, she would like to set up a Perry County recycling center, but that won't be this year.

She also expects some fine-tuning to state laws that could improve affordable access to electronics recycling. The 2011 law that took electronics out of landfills was important and well-meaning, but wasn't perfect. Part of the problem is there are only 13 companies performing such recycling, and just two of them are in the U.S., Smith said.

"The economic system behind how it affects rural Pennsylvania was not well thought through," she said.

In the meantime, the county will work through the issues and continue recycling to prevent yesterday's TV from becoming today's pollution. Smith is planning another event for next year. The 16 volunteers and municipal support are the reasons they can continue doing it, she said.

"I have a wonderful base of Keep Perry County Beautiful volunteers."

Jim T. Ryan can be reached via e-mail at jtryan@perrycountytimes.com

10-Year Anniversary for Successful MD Cyber-security Business

10-Year Anniversary for Successful MD Cyber-security Business

Arleen and Steve Chafitz have a knack: a knack for seeing what’s coming before it arrives. The Maryland Department of Commerce and Frederick County officials recently recognized the couple for the ten years that their latest endeavor, e-End, has remained far ahead of the curve in cybersecurity and data destruction. The state and the county both commended e-End for their longevity in this fast-paced industry.