SCRANTON, LACKAWANNA COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU) – Communities across Lackawanna County are preparing for a big recycling effort next month.
The county will once again offer free recycling of televisions and computers in the middle of June but this year things will change a little bit.
If you drive Route 247 from Throop to Mount Cobb you will find televisions, computers and more thrown on the side of the road and over embankments.
Lackawanna County leaders want to help stop illegal dumping by offering free electronics recycling between June 12 and June 26.
Unlike last year, where people had to bring their items to the Lackawanna County recycling center in Scranton, each individual community and township will coordinate a collection or drop-off process.
“It’s going to be easier for each resident to take it to their municipality,” Lackawanna County recycling coordinator Barbara Giovagnoli said.
Since last May, the Lackawanna County recycling center has had to charge homeowners $1.85/per pound to recycle old electronics.
That is a cost that can quickly add up.
In Dickson City, the borough manager says he started seeing so many discarded TVs on Main Street that it cost their community $12,000 to pick them all up and recycle them.
The borough manager is grateful for the free recycling.
“It keeps our community cleaner, looking better and it really does help the elderly who have these big, old 25-inch console TV’s that they just can’t afford to get rid of,” the borough manager said.
In Scranton, residents are asked to leave their unwanted electronics at the curb.
“The thing that we don’t want them to do is bring them down to the DPW and drop them off at our fence,” Scranton Mayor Bill Courtright said.
Residents are urged to call their individual municipality to determine exactly when/where their community’s electronics collection will be.