E-waste disposal services ending in Northumberland County

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SUNBURY, NORTHUMBERLAND COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU)- As technology advances, it’s getting harder to deal with older electronics when they are ready to be thrown away.

One county is finding that disposing of e-waste for people isn’t cost efficient and it’s going to stop doing it.

At $0.20 a pound, the Sunbury Municipal Authority is saying ‘no’ to recycling anything that has a cord. In 2016 they were able to recycle 157,000 pounds for free, but now-

“At 20 cents a pound that would be $35,000,” says Mike Kerstetter of the Sunbury Municipal Authority.

Someone the authority can no longer afford.

“We didn’t budget for that,” says Kerstetter.

For more than a decade, a federal prison program called “Uni-Cor” in Lewisburg recycled everything and anything for the people of Sunbury. With a recent move to Schuylkill Haven, that program is now asking for more money.

“It would have ended up costing the community or a resident 35 cents a pound,” says Kerstetter.

With no drop off, there is now a shortage of places to recycle e-waste in the county.

The folks at “Handup” in nearby Milton continues to accept electronic recycling at a much lower cost. Just like the authority accepting anything with a cord and beyond.

“Like our TVs, they’re seven to five dollars, but we take them all the way to Uni-Cor,” says James Sechler of Handup.

“The revenue we are able to generate from doing the recycling allows us to help people,” says Bill Wilhelm, administrative director for Handup.

The authority stopped its e-waste program this past weekend and it’s no longer accepting any e-waste at its recycling center.

For more on the Handup foundation, go to http://www.handupfoundation.org/recycling.html.

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