CCSWA now county's only legal outlet for TV disposal|
Friday, July 11, 2014
By Wendy Lynn Brion Staff Writer
If you are looking for a place to dispose of your old television, your options are more limited now, and the Clearfield County Solid Waste Authority is your best friend.
At last night's CCSWA meeting, Director Jodi Brennan reported she was informed that Goodwill will no longer accept televisions, as their vendor will not take them, and CCSWA is the only legal outlet for disposal.
She said she contacted the state Department of Environmental Protection and said they are upset about this. The electronics manufacturers promised DEP they would be taking back televisions and for a company that collects the old electronics to inform Goodwill they will not take them is going back on that agreement and DEP will be contacting the manufacturers about the issue.
Brennan also said she contacted Sen. Joe Scarnati's office. He is the only local legislator who has remained in contact with CCSWA regarding electronics disposal. "It's legislation that put this into effect and he needs to be aware of it," she said.
Brennan also discussed some additional funding through DEP, following in the footsteps of Jefferson County, which discovered a grandfathering clause allowing the counties to apply for additional money that can be used for public education
The board discussed education options, including more magnets and more advertising. When asked about the schools, Brennan said the money has to be used as part of the actual programs of CCSWA. She said they have had difficulty in getting the schools interested in doing recycling. Students will contact CCSWA asking about starting a program and she tells them the schools were given recycling containers several years ago and they have disappeared.
The board has heard from some students that the bins are there, but are used for regular garbage
Brennan said she read recently that there is a need for the government to force institutions to comply with the mandates handed down to the counties, such as recycling.
In regards to the Municipal Waste Plan, Brennan reported Waste Management, which has appealed the county's plan to the Environmental Hearing Board, is now requesting an appeal of the board's 3-2 decision for the county. The appeal is on the basis of funding streams outlined in Act 101, which does not include donations. The board approved the appeal to the commonwealth court. Brennan said most counties rely on donations or funding from the county and are watching this very closely.
In May the board approved placing a shed at the permanent site behind the jail to store the lift and other miscellaneous equipment. Brennan said the warden agreed but wanted the shed locked.
Since CCSWA's enforcement officer cannot be there all the time, this won't work, but it was suggested they use a carport.
After considerable discussion, the board agreed to purchase a carport via a generous donation, and they will also look into clear plastic sheeting for the sides.
In other business:
l Brennan is waiting to hear from Curwensville Borough regarding excess cardboard at the recycling drop off. She said they can have the enforcement officer talk with businesses about needing to make other arrangements, or work with the borough to pay for the additional cost of additional pick ups.
l there were no bids on a combined package of white goods and Freon disposal, so the bid package will be advertised without the Freon removal.
l a shredding event will take place at DuBois Business College Aug. 13 from 3-7 p.m. Bergmeiers will be doing the shredding and accepting up to 40 pounds of residential paper per person.
The next CCSWA meeting will be Sept. 11 at 7 p.m.