recycling 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 Green Workplace Challenge Winners Announced http://wesa.fm/post/green-workplace-challenge-winners-announced <p>The results are in for the 2013-2014 Green Workplace Challenge, and seven local organizations have been honored for their environmentally friendly facility improvements.</p><p>FedEX Ground, DMI Companies, Pashek Associates, Allegheny County, the University of Pittsburgh, Allegheny County Sanitary Authority, and Conservation Consultants Inc. received the highest scores in their various categories of competition.</p> Mon, 07 Jul 2014 07:30:00 +0000 Kaye Burnet 31874 at http://wesa.fm When it Comes to High-Tech Roofing...Plastic Bottles are Key http://wesa.fm/post/when-it-comes-high-tech-roofingplastic-bottles-are-key <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;"><a href="http://www.reuseeverything.org/">Reuse Everything Institute</a>, a local non-profit, has created an innovative means of reusing wasted plastic bottles. The non-profit has developed a business solution that could help people in developing countries out of poverty.</span></p><p>Institute founders, David Saiia and Vananh Le <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/06/16/recycled-plastic-bottles-roofs_n_5499883.html?utm_hp_ref=impact-change">hope to use plastic bottles </a>to create high-tech thatch-style roofing. Le says the affordability for consumers is the main focus of REII.</p><p>“The roof is high in quality, and we want to make it affordable to the consumer. It requires much less energy than recycling in that we are automating our process. The machine that David created was hand cranked, now we are automating it so that we make it more cost effective for people, generally, pretty much to run mom and pop businesses. So, we actually don’t melt the plastic like recycling, we just cut it into continuous strips of ribbon and convert them into other products.” Mon, 30 Jun 2014 19:37:14 +0000 Essential Pittsburgh 31813 at http://wesa.fm When it Comes to High-Tech Roofing...Plastic Bottles are Key Hazelwood Residents Ask City To Clean Up Trash From Bankrupt Recycling Plant http://wesa.fm/post/hazelwood-residents-ask-city-clean-trash-bankrupt-recycling-plant <p>Stanley Benovitch said his dog Trixie has been killing rats since February.</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">He said that stems from an infestation in Hazelwood resulting from the sudden closure of the Pittsburgh Recycling Plant.</span></p><p>The plant went bankrupt in January, and the owners left the building – and all of its trash – behind.</p><p>Now the residents of Hazelwood are calling for someone to come clean it up.</p> Fri, 02 May 2014 18:23:11 +0000 Jessica Nath 28592 at http://wesa.fm Hazelwood Residents Ask City To Clean Up Trash From Bankrupt Recycling Plant Businesses Based on Recycling http://wesa.fm/post/businesses-based-recycling <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Now that Spring is here households and businesses are no doubt doing some Spring cleaning. But if you want to help the environment or earn some additional cash, where and how do you recycle some of the items you're discarding? This week contributor Rebecca Harris looked at the business of recycling.&nbsp;</span></p><p>Recycling is now mandatory in residences, businesses, offices and institutions in Pittsburgh, so these companies have become more important in the city. The average American generates 4.6 pounds of garbage per day, and only recycle a pound and a half.</p><p> Tue, 29 Apr 2014 19:02:14 +0000 Essential Pittsburgh 28395 at http://wesa.fm Businesses Based on Recycling How to Recycle Your Christmas Tree in the Pittsburgh Region http://wesa.fm/post/how-recycle-your-christmas-tree-pittsburgh-region <p>If the needles are falling and you're getting ready to take down the Christmas tree, city and county officials are hoping you'll recycle it and not just leave it at your curbside.</p><p>The city of Pittsburgh's Recycling Division and Allegheny County's Department of Parks are again offering &nbsp;tree recycling programs this holiday season. The trees will be mulched and the county will use the mulch in its nine regional parks.</p> Mon, 30 Dec 2013 16:41:10 +0000 Kevin Gavin 22101 at http://wesa.fm 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 Pennsylvania's E-Waste Recycling: A Program in Transition http://wesa.fm/post/pennsylvanias-e-waste-recycling-program-transition <div><p>This January saw the implementation of a ban on curbside pickups of electronic waste such as television sets, computer monitors and laptops.</p></div><div>The statewide ban, passed in 2010 as part of the Covered Device Recycling Act, called for all E-Waste to be taken to approved recycling drop-off sites.</div><div>The process was meant to be simple, but <a href="http://www.post-gazette.com/stories/local/morning-file/walkabout-new-curbside-ban-stirs-worries-of-vast-wasteland-of-tvs-702652/">recent difficulties</a> have proven that not to be the case. Wed, 18 Sep 2013 20:17:58 +0000 Reid Carter 16749 at http://wesa.fm Pennsylvania's E-Waste Recycling: A Program in Transition Recycling and Disposal Events Planned for Pittsburgh Region http://wesa.fm/post/recycling-and-disposal-events-planned-pittsburgh-region <p>With Earth Day approaching on April 22, the Pennsylvania Resources Council has announced its 2013 collection event schedule for electronics, pharmaceuticals, household chemicals and building materials.</p><p>On April 20 there will be a “Hard to Recycle” collection at the Galleria at Pittsburgh Mills. There will be no charge for turning in e-waste like computers, TVs, cell phones, printer/toner cartridges and CFLs, and a nominal fee for paper shredding, alkaline batteries, fluorescent tubes, specialty lights and small Freon appliances. &nbsp;</p> Fri, 29 Mar 2013 18:40:25 +0000 Charlee Song 7017 at http://wesa.fm