HONESDALE – The Wayne County Commissioners have entered into an agreement with ECOvanta to remove electronics from the recycling center.
In February, an announcement was made regarding the temporary suspension of the electronics recycling collection program.
The announcement came after the county's contracted vendor said they will no longer provide services to Wayne County.
With Act 108 of 2013, the Covered Device Recycling Act, a disposal ban went into effect for electronics.
That meant Pennsylvania residents couldn't dispose of electronics through a waste hauler. Manufacturers were also required to pay for collection, transportation and processing of electronics.
The agreement with ECOvanta will allow the county to get rid of the electronics currently at the facility.
“We did receive information from our current electronics recycling vendor that they were no longer going to provide services,” stated Chief Clerk Vicky Botjer.
“We did temporarily suspend the program, but unfortunately it left us with our final lot of collections that we don't have anybody to take.”
She added ECOvanta is a company the county has previously done business with.
“They submitted a service agreement,” Botjer said. “The county will have to pay 25 cents per pound for non-covered devices.
“Typically our products that we ship out are covered, so I don't think this will be an extreme cost, but we will go ahead and seek this is as damages from the prior vendor.”
The service agreement was reviewed by county solicitor Lee Krause Sr.
“Any retailer or business that sells an electronic piece of equipment is then required to send in a portion of that sale to a recycler that subsidizes the recycling of these electronic pieces of equipment and that's not happening,” explained Commissioner Brian Smith.
“There's communication going on between the state, DEP and the recycling people and the recyclers of electronic equipment to try to get their subsidy to go back into place.”
Botjer it's at a stalemate.
“They have a certain level they have to meet and then they won't do it anymore,” she said.
Commissioner Jonathan Fritz said counties aren't allowed to stock pile the electronics.
“Nor are we allowed to charge,” Botjer said. “We used to do electronics recycling and do a small minimal charge, which helped us pay the vendor that took the product.
“That's not allowed anymore. And it's not allowed to go in the landfill.”