February 7, 2015

Electronic recycling a month after NY law

Monroe County, N.Y. – From old television sets to computers and cell phones, more than a thousand people turned out to the Monroe County Ecopark to recycle their old electronics for free.

Republican Senator Joseph Robach sponsored the free event from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. A spokesperson for the senator said 120 to 130 thousand pounds of electronics were collected.

“We try to do this so that there is no cost to the public, but we’re doing it the right way for the environment and making it as convenient as possible,” said Senator Robach.

Rich Stein of Gates brought a pile of his old electronics. He listed them off, “a couple TV’s, a couple laptops a couple computers VCR some old satellite equipment, cell phones just the run of the gamut.”

It has been a month since the state law went into effect, requiring all residents to recycle their electronics properly, and banning them from tossing electronics in the trash.

Manufacturers are required to take most electronic items for free.

However, old cathode ray tube (CRT) televisions and monitors may not be accepted at certain locations, like Goodwill or the VOA.

The Monroe County Ecopark recycles them, but the owner will have to pay a $10 fee to recycle items containing CRT.

“The cathode ray tube, the tube actually has lead in the glass, and that lead has to be managed properly. It’s a difficult issue across the United States, not just here in New York State,” said Cindy Jessop, Sunnking Director of Community Outreach.

Jessop said recycling CRT is very costly, explaining why some recycling companies charge a fee.

Updated: Saturday, February 7 2015, 06:39 PM EST

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