Electronics recycling event sets records for Harrison County, West Virginia

In response to the growing need for proper disposal of electronic waste throughout the United States, the Harrison County Solid Waste Authority (HCSWA) recently completed its most successful electronics recycling event to date. According to HuntingtonNews.net, more than 67 tons of e-waste was removed from West Virginia landfills.

The event was sponsored and paid for by the West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection's Covered Electronic Devices Grant Program. This grant program requires electronics manufacturers to register annually with the department to help fund programs that can help divert electronics from local landfills and to the proper centers like the National Center for Electronics Recycling (NCER) in Parkersburg, West Virginia.

"The success of this event is definitely indicattive of the need for a long-term and permanent solution for recycling televisions," Heather Smith, senior manager for NCER, told the news source. "Now that computers and televisions are banned from West Virginia landfills, businesses and consumers alike are searching for alternative solutions."

The workers at the recycling event drew almost 600 vehicles that were packed to the brim with responsible citizens who were disposing of their e-waste in a sustainable way. After they are collected, the devices are sent off to recycling centers where they are broken down into recyclable raw materials that can be used to make new electronics. Products such as steel, copper, aluminum, glass, plastic, circuit boards and other spare parts are always in demand and could find a home in a new consumer product.

By locating a recycling center in your area that will handle e-waste, you can do your part to reduce your carbon footprint and keep unwanted trash out of local landfills.