Smoke and fine particulate pollution from woodstoves and outdoor wood-fired boilers will be reduced this winter thanks to the Allegheny County Health Department’s recently conducted “bounty” program for old equipment that does not meet current national emission standards.
Fifty-nine woodstoves and one outdoor wood-fired boiler manufactured before the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency set emission standards for such equipment were turned in last month at a collection event in South Park sponsored by the Health Department.
The bounty program was for Allegheny County residents and provided a $500 cash incentive for the outdoor wood-fired boiler and a $200 gift card to one of six retailers for each of the 59 uncertified woodstoves that were collected and taken out of service. The boiler and stoves were hauled away by Tube City IMS to its Recycling Center in West Mifflin where they were rendered inoperable and recycled.
Because of the success of the initial collection event, the Health Department is planning to extend the bounty program and hold a second collection event. The date has not yet been determined, but anyone who would like to participate and turn in an old outdoor wood-fired boiler or woodstove is urged to email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 412-578-8106.