Electronic recycling program suspended in York County

YORK, Pa. (WHTM) –  Old televisions were loaded onto trucks at the York County Solid Waste Authority Tuesday and were ready to be shipped out for recycling.

On Tuesday, the authority announced it’s suspending its electronic recycling program.

“There are a couple issues,” Ellen O’Connor, a spokesperson for YCSWA, said. “One issue is electronic material, there is a huge glut of it on the market.”

O’Çonnor told ABC 27 News that Pennsylvania law isn’t helping.

Act 108 forces folks to recycle certain electronics, which O’Connor said creates more of a supply. She said the added materials drive down the price for vendors who break down the old recyclables.

“These electronics just aren’t worth what they once were,” O’Connor said. “So, it’s not feasible for a lot of these companies to continue to take large quantities.”

With the decision to suspend the electronic recycling program municipalities all over the county, who have been getting the service for free, are left with nothing.

O’Connor said there’s not much they can do.

“It’s not a secret it’s happening all over Pennsylvania,” she said. “The law needs to be fixed.”

O’Connor told ABC 27 News there is no timetable for a fix. She suggested that in the meantime folks take their old electronics to big box stores, who will take them sometimes.

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