The sun shined bright for the annual e-waste collection for residence of Perry County Pennsylvania by Maryland e-cycling and data destruction company, e-End
For the third year, Perry County in Pennsylvania requested the expertise of e-End for an electronics recycling event on Saturday, June 1. Residents lined up at the county fairground gates in cars, trucks and vans that were loaded with unused electronics material, ready for proper disposal. The weather was beautiful on that Saturday, as the ferris wheel provided a serene over-watch of the fairgrounds.
Everything from laptops and desktop computers to stereo systems and large projection televisions were dropped off. In all, e-End collected 22,487 lbs of electronic waste, the majority of which was monitors/TVs (63.7%), miscellaneous peripheral and household equipment (23.6%) and computers/printers (12.7%), as noted in the graphic below.
The challenge of recycling in Pennsylvania
e-Waste is one of the fastest growing segments in the municipal solid waste stream. The world is nearing 50 million tons of e-waste generated annually. Only 20% of e-waste is annually documented as being collected or recycled. Perry County reported to have received 2,944.1 tons of municipal waste in the first quarter 2019 alone. Though addressing waste at the county level in Pennsylvania is a challenge, recycling continues to increase across the entire state, thanks to county principals creating growing recycling programs. According to Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP), more than 11.6 million residents at least 94 percent of the state's population have access to recycling. About 79 percent have convenient access to recycling through about 1,050 curb-side pickup programs. Since Pennsylvania is largely rural, 870 drop-off programs extend recycling to the greatest number of communities.
In 2017, under the Covered Device Act of 2010, there were 58.1 million pounds of covered devices recycled by 62 manufacturers, according to DEP. Covered devices are considered e-waste to include desktop computers, laptop computers, computer monitors, computer peripherals and televisions sold to consumers in Pennsylvania. This option for residents to sort through their e-waste and take individual items to different manufacturers and exact retailers seems pretty inconvenient.
Perry County chooses to host an annual electronics collection event to ensure their county residents can properly dispose of all unused electronics altogether. e-End has provided services for the event since 2016. e-End is trusted because of their service and certifications to not only keep 100% of the material out of landfills, but also destroy 100% of the data on all electronics. There is mention by county insiders of possible finalization of an electronics recycling collection point for Perry County. This would allow residents to recycle their electronics waste year-round.