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Need to toss some old PCs? Here's where to take them

April 08, 2008

Since Washington County started receiving electronics for recycling in February, approximately 23,000 pounds of household electronics have been dropped off for recycling, said Harvey Hoch, the county's recycling coordinator.

The county pays E-Structors of Elkridge, Md., to pick up the electronics, which the company destroys within 24 hours of receipt, according to Hoch and E-Structors Web site at www.e-shred.com.

The electronics are shredded into inch-sized pieces, then materials are separated and processed so they can be reused. This includes plastics, ferrous metals (metals containing iron) and nonferrous metals.

Got broken or worn-out electronics? Here's where to take them:

· Washington County recycling program, Forty West Landfill, 12630 Earth Care Road off U.S. 40 about one mile west of Huyetts Crossroads. Call 240-313-2796. Open 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Saturday. Limited to household electronics. Accepts computers, monitors, peripherals, TVs (except for wood console TVs), telephones, cell phones, PDAs, printers, copiers, stereos, VCRs, DVD players, camcorders, CD players, fax machines, projection equipment, calculators, scanners, electronic typewriters, microwaves and other consumer electronics; also, electric toys (except for large toys). Will not recycle refrigerators, air conditioners, dehumidifiers or lab equipment. Minimum fee is $8 and amounts of more than 320 pounds are prorated at the regular scale fee of $50 per ton.

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· Freedom Electronics Recycling Inc., 10420 Governor Lane Boulevard near Williamsport, 301-223-4123. Open 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. weekdays; call first to make sure someone is there and confirm that specific materials are accepted. Accepts electronics. Standard fee for homeowners is $5 for each major item such as a CPU, fax, microwave, printer or stereo; $8 or more for TV or monitor; free for small peripherals such as a computer keyboard.

Electronics are taken apart manually and segregated before being sent to other companies for shredding, smelting or other processing, so raw materials can be used. Computer hard drives are hit with a hammer before going off site to be shredded, said owner Rick Schulman.

· Advanced Recycling Technology, 1080 Opportunity Ave., Chambersburg, Pa. 717-262-4383.

Open 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. weekdays. Accepts computer electronics. Call for fee information.

· 1-800-GOT-JUNK. Hagerstown-based franchise covers the region from Front Royal, Va., to Shippensburg, Pa., and from Hancock to Westminster, Md.

Call for fee information. Picks up electronics for recycling.

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