DICKSON CITY, LACKAWANNA COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU) – It was billed as a way to unload unwanted electronics free of charge.
But many who showed up in the parking lot of the Viewmont Mall in Lackawanna County to do just that were turned away. The holiday season is near but a line of cars wasn’t filled with people eager to get their shopping done.
“TVs, VCRs, old computers,” Fred Smith of Peckville said.
Those people were waiting to recycle their electronics.
“When we saw it in the paper, we just kind of accumulated all of them and threw them on there. It’d be a good time to get rid of them, you know. They become a problem getting rid of,” Roy Davis of Clarks Summit said.
Saturday’s event was offered by Eloop, Hewlett-Packard, Senator John Blake, and the Lackawanna County Environmental Office. There were so many people trying to get rid of their old electronics that organizers had to turn people away around 11:30 a.m. Many took to social media to voice their dissatisfaction.
“If I had one or two, I’d probably turn around and go home. But I mean, I got this loaded up. I wanna get the heck out of here. I don’t wanna take them home with me. Loading them was half the problem,” Davis said.
“I don’t think we expected it to the point where so many cars lined up before we started, but it started to become a safety concern. You know, if emergency vehicles would have had to come in here, there would have been no way for them to get in here,” Eloop director of sales Jeremy Gaston said.
Gaston said the event had such a large turnout because there is no permanent electronics drop-off location in the area. While there normally is a fee to drop off electronics, this event was free.
“When we charge at our facility, it’s based on the size of the screen. So it’s anywhere from $25 to $35 to get rid of one of the older style televisions usually,” Gaston said.
“I think that the people that sell the TVs, the sale, like Sony, the GE, etc., etc., you know, they should be more active in being able to dispose something that they originally built,” Davis said.
The event lasted from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. even though no more participants were allowed in line around 11:30 a.m. Some e-cyclers showed up well before the start time to get in line.
Organizers hope to hold another e-cycling event soon.