PA Resources Council http://wesa.fm en TV Dumping, A Growing Problem Throughout the Region http://wesa.fm/post/tv-dumping-growing-problem-throughout-region <p>In 2010 a statewide ban was passed as part of the <a href="http://www.portal.state.pa.us/portal/server.pt/community/household/14079/covered_device_recycling_act/589596">Covered Device Recycling Act</a>. It called for electronic waste, or E-Waste to be taken to approved recycling drop-off sites. However, discarded televisions have been showing up curbside throughout the city.</p><p>Justin Stockdale, western regional director of the PA Resources Council said the problem tends to be caused by a lack of knowledge of the proper methods of getting rid of old televisions. The largest problem is figuring out which facilities take them, a task even Stockdale admits can be difficult.</p><p>“Many of these processors, even Goodwill industries, in fact, was collecting TVs up until about the middle of last year and realized, again, they were confronted with the same problem: they don’t generate enough revenue as part of this <a href="http://www.portal.state.pa.us/portal/server.pt/community/electronics_recycling_management_program/20342/manufacturer_requirements/980756">OEM sponsored program</a>, to cover the cost of management. And so they step away from it, and now we’re left with Best Buy stores, Construction Junction,&nbsp; our PRC operated events, and that’s about it for western Pennsylvania.”</p><p>If a resident does leave a television to be picked up by collectors, Stockdale says the city will often place a sticker on the discarded television. These stickers do not issue fines for residents, but Stockdale says some provide information in the form of a website link, to where residents can take their old televisions to be recycled. Thu, 10 Jul 2014 20:35:08 +0000 Essential Pittsburgh 32393 at http://wesa.fm TV Dumping, A Growing Problem Throughout the Region National Prescription Drug Take Back Day http://wesa.fm/post/national-prescription-drug-take-back-day <p>Be it antibiotics or pain medication, in the past, most people have disposed of their leftover pills in toilet, which can cause drinking water contamination and other environmental concerns.</p><p>Run by the Drug Enforcement Administration, National Prescription Take Back Day provides people with a safe, responsible and convenient way to turn in their drugs.</p><p>According to Michael Stepaniak, an environmental program coordinator for the<a href="http://www.prc.org/"> PA Resources Council</a>, they accept everything from prescription drugs to controlled substances. It is completely anonymous and no questions are asked.</p><p> Wed, 23 Oct 2013 17:58:17 +0000 Katie Martin 18620 at http://wesa.fm National Prescription Drug Take Back Day Don’t Dump That There! What To Do With Household Chemicals http://wesa.fm/post/don-t-dump-there-what-do-household-chemicals <p>How do you get rid of those dusty rusty paint cans, expired medications, old thermometers, batteries, cleaners, and other household chemicals? The <a href="http://www.prc.org/">PA Resources Council</a> has accumulated 3.5 million pounds of waste and over the last 10 years. They're ready to hold their 69th collection of household chemicals.</p> Fri, 20 Sep 2013 19:28:50 +0000 Nick Frost 16903 at http://wesa.fm Don’t Dump That There! What To Do With Household Chemicals