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Solid Waste Authority to collect electronics, tires

April 2, 2011
By WARREN SCOTT, Staff writer

BEECH BOTTOM - Brooke County residents planning to dispose of electronic appliances or old tires can bring them to a special collection to be held April 16 by the Brooke County Solid Waste Authority.

The collection of electronic appliances ranging from answering machines and computer equipment to cell phones and calculators is a timely one, as a new state law prohibits televisions and computers with screens that measure more than 5 inches diagonally from being dumped at landfills.

Concerns about hazardous materials in the devices led to the ban.

Becky Harlan, executive director of the Brooke County Solid Waste Authority, said residents can not leave such electronics for pickup with their other garbage but they can make arrangements for their garbage hauler to collect them.

But residents also can ensure such items and others not included in the ban, such as cell phones, are recycled and disposed of in an environmentally safe manner by bringing them to the collection, Harlan said.

The collection will be conducted from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the solid waste board's new recycling center on Mac Barnes Drive at the former Windsor Coal property also occupied by the new Brooke County Animal Shelter.

Discarded tires also will be accepted during the collection. The tires must be from cars and light trucks only, without rims and with a radius of 16.5 inches or less.

No more than 10 tires will be accepted from each person, and tires from businesses won't be accepted.

Electronic items that will be accepted include: answering machines, computer copiers, cell phones, cad players, comrades, cables/cords, calculators, compact disc burners, digital videodisc players, digital cameras, docking stations, electric typewriters, electric wire fax machines, game systems, hard drives, keyboard/mouse/peripherals, laptops, monitors, medical electronics, microwaves, modems, network hardware, printers and ink cartridges, projectors, personal digital assistants, pagers, power supplies, projection equipment, plotters, peripherals, phone systems, radios, remote control, servers, speakers, scanners, stereos, software security equipment, tape players, televisions, telephones, two-radios, tape drives, test equipment, telecommunications equipment, typewriters, uninterrupted power supply systems, videocassete recorders, zip drivers and small household appliances.

Dryers, washers, stoves, dishwashers, hot water tanks, refrigerators, freezers, air conditioners; any type of light bulbs or ballast, smoke detectors and household or commercial batteries won't be accepted.

There is a ten-item limit per vehicle for the electronics collection, though keyboards, mice and mobile phones won't count toward that limit.

Participants must show proof they are Brooke County residents.

Both collections are being held in cooperation with the West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection Rehabilitation Environmental Action Plan program, with the electronics collected through a $10,500 Covered Electronic Device grant from the department. In recent years the solid waste board has held a household hazardous material waste collection, where various household cleaning and other products were accepted.

Harlan said the solid waste board applied for a grant to hold such a collection this year but was unsuccessful.

She said the collection of recyclable plastic containers bearing the numbers 1 and 2 has been very successful.

More than 5 tons collected in 2010, the first year the board has accepted them at their recyclable bins, and the board expects to receive at least that much in the first six months of this year.

Harlan said containers that often fall into those categories include milk jugs and bottles containing detergent, soda, water, mouthwash, peanut butter, lotions and shampoo.

The plastics may be dumped in the same bins used by the board to accept metal cans and paper. The bins are outside Brooke High School, the Wellsburg Rite Aid, Hooverson Heights Primary School and Church Street in Bethany.

The solid waste board also accepts discarded cellular phones at its office at 231 Rockdale Road between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. Monday through Friday.

The phones are donated to various nonprofit organizations, including domestic violence shelters that program the phones to dial 911 only.

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