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Hard to recycle event is this Saturday


September 12, 2006

On September 16 take advantage of the Pennsylvania Resources Council's final 2006 collection for “hard to recycle” items from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Clean out the garage and basement and take those items to Construction Junction, 214 N. Lexington Street, Point Breeze. Items to be collected include cell phones, electronics, tires, large appliances, and latex paint. New this year is the collection of phone books, mixed paper, cardboard, plastic bottles, and glass, metal and aluminum cans.

In a 1998 report by the national Safety Council it was projected that nearly 250 million computers would become obsolete in the next five years and mobile phones would be discarded at a rate of 130 million per year by 2005. These products, which contain metals and chemicals that may be harmful if disposed of improperly, will be accepted at the event thanks to support from Best Buy and Verizon Wireless.

All materials collected at the event will be recycled, refurbished, or disposed of responsibly. PRC is offering a one-stop drop off for these “hard to recycle” items at a reduced cost compared to what individuals would normally pay for disposal of these materials. They will accept cash only, no checks or credit cards, and PRC members who present a membership card can receive 10 percent off the final fee. The fee structure follows.

Phonebooks – no charge.

Mixed paper (includes junk mail, office paper, copy paper – no charge.

Cardboard – no charge.

Plastic Bottles #1-5 – No charge. Look on the bottle for the recycling triangle with the number in the center.

Glass, Metal, Aluminum Cans – no charge.

Tires - $1 without rims; $2 with rims. Tires must be 18" or smaller.

Latex Paint - $1/can up to a gallon or $1/gallon for cans over a gallon.

Electronics – CPUs, monitors, VCRs, DVD players, stereos, $5; mice and keyboards, $1; cell phones are free, courtesy of Verizon Wireless; complete computer system (CPU, monitor, mouse and keyboard), $10; small printers, $10, large printers, $15; televisions up to 19", $15; 20" and up $20.

Appliances – Air conditioners, $15, other freon items, $10; stoves, washers, dryers and other large appliances, $5. (Note: individuals may drop off only appliances at Appliance Warehouse, 523 Bingham Street, South Side, during the same time frame for the same fees.)

For more information call 412-488-7490 x 243 or visit


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