PITTSBURGH, PA (December 10, 2018) City residents will be able to responsibly recycle electronic and hazardous waste in a cost-effective manner, under a contract being introduced to Pittsburgh City Council tomorrow.
Electronic waste (or “e-waste”), such as televisions and computers, often contains lead and mercury. E-waste has been banned from Pennsylvania landfills since 2010, leaving residents with few reasonable options to responsibly recycle.
Under the legislation being introduced tomorrow the City Department of Public Works would contract with Environmental Coordination Services & Recycling Inc to provide both curbside and drop-off options for residents seeking to recycle both e-waste and household hazardous waste, including paint and chemicals. The service would begin in January.
Without such recycling options, the waste often is left abandoned on curbsides or is dumped illegally. This program, which arises from legislation introduced by Councilwoman Theresa Kail-Smith and former Councilman (and current mayoral Chief of Staff) Dan Gilman, seeks to provide residents with dependable and responsible ways to dispose of the material.
Mayor William Peduto supports the measure.
“This legislation is good for residents and for our neighborhoods, especially as it should cut down on illegal dumping,” Councilwoman Kail-Smith said. “I want to thank Mayor Peduto, Mr. Gilman and all those in the Department of Public Works for their support.”
E-waste and hazardous waste have to be recycled in an environmentally sound manner that complies with state and federal law, and thus requires fees for proper disposal. Proposed prices for disposing most TVs and computers will be 40 cents per pound, so the typical fee for recycling a 50 pound TV will be an estimated $20.
Residents will have the option of dropping off such materials twice a week (on Wednesdays and Sundays) at the DPW facility at 3001 Railroad Street in the Strip District. Residents will be allowed to pull in to the facility, have their waste weighed, and charged a recycling fee that can be paid with a check or credit card.
Neighborhood recycling events will be scheduled around the city, and home pick-up will also be offered for a $50 fee, in addition to the cost per pound of material.
The City’s proposed contract with ECS&R is for $210,000.