Cumberland County electronics recycling center

Motorists wait shortly after the Cumberland County electronics recycling center opened on Claremont Road on July 11.

In its first 16 days of operation, the Cumberland County Electronics Recycling Center has serviced more than 1,400 customers and collected 137,623 pounds of electronics, according to a news release from Cumberland County officials.

“We projected collecting around 300,000 pounds for the year,” said Justin C. Miller, coordinator of the county’s recycling programs. “We’ve only been open for about two months and have already collected more than a third of that.”

The center opened July 11 and in its first two days alone collected more than 17,160 pounds of materials. Anyone, regardless of residency, may bring their recyclable materials to the facility. Televisions are the most frequently recycled item, accounting for 72 percent of the items brought to the center.

The Electronics Recycling Center is open to the public from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. on Tuesdays and Wednesdays, and the second and fourth Saturdays of the month from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Hours are subject to change depending on facility use, weather and daylight savings time. Current hours are posted at the facility and on the Recycling and Waste Authority’s website.

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The center accepts televisions, computers and accessories, mobile devices, entertainment equipment, data center equipment and cable equipment. Please be aware that due to shipping requirements, televisions must be in one piece when brought for recycling; the center is not able to accept a disassembled TV.

A fee of 50 cents per pound of electronics recycled is charged to help offset the county’s costs for collecting, packaging, loading, shipping and recycling the materials. The recycler receives 41 cents per pound of materials and the county covers all its costs with the remaining 9 cents per pound. Cash, credit and debit card payments are accepted. Personal checks are not accepted.

For those planning on recycling an unusually large load, call in advance so accommodations can be made. The recycling center is under 24-hour video surveillance and illegal dumping regulations will be enforced.

For more information about the county’s Electronics Recycling Center and the Pennsylvania Municipal Waste Planning, Recycling and Waste Reduction Act (Act 101), visit www.ccpa.net/recycling or call (717) 240-6489.

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