The Cumberland County Commissioners have approved the development and operation of a permanent electronics recycling center with plans to open in summer 2017. Earlier this year, the Commissioners selected Sunnking, Inc., Brockport, NY, from amongst four recyclers that submitted proposals to transport and recycle electronics collected by the County. Unfortunately, none of the proposals were backed by equipment manufacturer funding as Pennsylvania’s electronics recycling law had intended to provide.
As a result, the County will charge customers $.50 per pound of electronics recycled. The fee will offset the County’s costs for collecting, packaging, loading, shipping and recycling electronics and does not generate a profit. Customers will NOT be able to recycle electronics for free. Anyone regardless of place of residence will be able to use the recycling center assuming fees are paid in full. Acceptable materials include:
- Computers & Accessories
- Mobile Devices
- Entertainment Equipment
- Office Equipment
- Data Center Equipment
- Cable Equipment
The facility will be located on County property off Claremont Road in Carlisle. The current plan is for the facility to be open two days per week and at least two Saturdays per month to start with hours running from late afternoon to early evening during the week and during the morning on the selected Saturdays. Final operating hours and procedures will be announced as the site nears opening. In the meantime, County personnel are busy making the necessary infrastructure improvements to operate such a facility, including renovating an old storage building and installing a portable office trailer and computerized scale system, as well as developing the site’s operational procedures.
While the County’s recycling facility will provide a stop gap measure to address the electronics recycling issue, a comprehensive electronics legislative solution is still needed. The County has been working with its General Assembly delegation to identify the shortfalls of the existing legislation and develop long term sustainable electronics recycling solutions. If you have questions regarding the recycling facility, please contact the County’s Recycling and Waste Authority at 717-240-6489.
As more information becomes available,
we will be sure to update this link on the township website.