Illegal dumping concerns rising

SHIPPENSBURG, Pa. (WHTM) – If you’ve tried to recycle any electronics lately, you know it’s easier said than done.

There are recycling laws in Pennsylvania. You can’t put electronics out with the trash; you have to take them to the proper recycler.

The problem is that a lot of facilities have restrictions on what they’ll take.

A television illegally dumped in the Michaux State Forest.
A television illegally dumped in the Michaux State Forest.

Instead of putting up with the hassle, Midstaters are illegally dumping electronics in places like the Michaux State Forest. Dumping electronics can release toxic substances and pollute the environment.

State Representative Stephen Bloom (R-Cumberland) said the law that’s intended to help the environment is hurting it, instead. He’s proposing a new law.

“It’s just a really sad situation. So instead of keeping the environment clean, it’s making the environment dirtier to have this recycling law,” Bloom said. “We’re going to provide a practical exemption for those who don’t live close enough to a recycling center so we can keep the environment safe.”

To find out more about electronics recycling in Cumberland County, visit https://www.ccpa.net/3377/Consumer-Electronics-Recycling.

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