Cumberland County’s new electronics recycling facility will open July 11, according to an announcement from the county.
The recycling center will be at 1001 Claremont Road, in the county’s storage barn. Hours will be from 2 to 6 p.m. on Tuesdays and Wednesdays, and the second and fourth Saturday of every month from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., but may change depending on demand.
The center will accept televisions, computers and other electronic scrap items for a fee of 50 cents per pound, and is available to everyone, regardless of residency. Cash and credit cards will be accepted.
The Cumberland County Commissioners decided in February to move forward with plans to establish a public electronics disposal site, signing a contract with Sunnking, a New York-based e-recycling business that was the sole bidder in the county’s request for proposals.
Sunnking is charging the county 41 cents per pound to haul scrap from the Claremont Road collection point and recycle it. Intending the center to be budget-neutral, the county anticipates the additional 9 cents per pound fee will cover its own costs, which already include capital outlay for a computerized scale system and building renovations.
Concern about electronics recycling has been growing for several years, in the aftermath of Act 108, the Covered Device Recycling Act, which was intended to make recycling electronics easier, but seems to have backfired for many parts of the state.
The act made it illegal to dispose of electronics in a landfill. Instead, the state assigned quotas to electronics manufacturers, who were tasked with funding the proper scrapping and recycling of a certain number of devices.
However, many manufacturers filled those quotas in urban areas, leaving rural parts of the state in the lurch. The surge of inexpensive electronics scrap as a result of Act 108 also drove down commodity prices, making it more difficult for recyclers to turn a profit without a manufacturer contract.
In their announcement, the county commissioners said they “continue to work with legislators to identify shortfalls of the existing legislation and develop long-term sustainable electronics recycling solutions.”
The facility will be under 24-hour video surveillance, and the county will take action against illegal dumping. Those with particularly large amounts of items to be recycled should call ahead at (717) 240-6489.