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Electronics Recycling

posted Oct 7, 2010, 6:51 AM by Thomas Schweyer   [ updated Dec 3, 2012, 9:33 AM ]


SATURDAY, October 9, 9am to 12 noon


The City of Allentown Bureau of Recycling & Solid Waste is offering an opportunity to recycle electronic devices.  The collection event will be held on Saturday, October 9, from 9am to 12pm at the Main Yard Waste Site at Fish Hatchery Road and Oxford Drive.  This electronics recycling event is open to city and non-city residents.


The city will accept electronics, computers, keyboards, monitors, electronics, printers, copiers, answering machines, scanners, laptops and televisions for recycling.  No batteries or fluorescent bulbs will be accepted.


There is a $2 cash fee for each item with the exception of monitors, copiers and televisions.  The fee is $5 cash per monitor and copier and $20 cash for each television.  No checks or credit or debit cards will be accepted.  Please call the Bureau of Recycling at 610-437-8729 for the complete list of acceptable items or visit for more information.


People are asked not to arrive at the site prior to 9am.  Users bringing electronics will have the convenience of drive-through service.


Many electronic devices contain heavy metals.  According to the U.S Environmental Protection Agency, electronics are among the largest contributors to lead found in landfills.  Due to their lead content, cathode ray tubes found in monitors, as well as televisions, are the most toxic components of a computer.


The city will deliver the electronic materials to Com-Cycle, a wholly owned subsidiary of AERC, which is one of the nation’s leading full-service recycling companies and operates two facilities in Allentown.  Com-Cycle maintains a Zero Waste-to-Landfill Policy for all its electronic recycling services.  Com-Cycle guarantees that any equipment dropped off at any of its recycling events will not end up in a landfill.  Com-Cycle also offers secure data destruction of electronic data drives.