Recycling helps to cut down on energy consumption and preserve our natural resources. There are approximately 1,000 recycling curb-side pickup programs and 955 drop-off programs throughout the Commonwealth. Recycling reduces emissions of air and water pollutants and the amount of energy use. According to the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP), in 2008 the state recycled over 5.4 million tons of refuse. To learn more about recycling programs near you, visit DEP’s website at: http://www.portal.state.pa.us/portal/server.pt/community/recycling/14060.
Safely Recycling Electronics and Household Hazardous Wastes
The DEP website is a wonderful resource for individuals looking for more information on how to safely recycle electronics (such as computers and televisions), fluorescent lamps, and household hazardous wastes (such as paint related products, pesticides, pool chemicals, drain cleaners and car products).
To view a list of DEP registered electronics recycling centers, visit the following website: http://www.portal.state.pa.us/portal/server.pt?open=514&objID=589591&mode=2.
To view a list of household hazardous waste collection programs, visit the following website: http://www.portal.state.pa.us/portal/server.pt?open=514&objID=589595&mode=2.
For more information, visit the DEP’s recycling website at: http://www.portal.state.pa.us/portal/server.pt/community/public_resources/14067.
Safely Recycling Home Appliances
Repairing/replacing old appliances can be cumbersome and frustrating. There are a number of programs and businesses that will recycle, reuse or repair your home appliances. Also, several utilities have instituted appliance recycling programs. Under these programs, the utility will pick up the appliance at consumers’ homes and will pay the consumer (usually up to $35) for choosing to recycle their appliance.
For a list of businesses that will rent, repair or reuse your appliance, click the link below.
For information on PECO and PPL’s appliance recycling programs, click on the links below: