Pleasants County collects electronics at event

ST. MARYS – More than 21 tons of used electronics were collected in May at an annual electronics recycling collection held by the Pleasants County Solid Waste Authority with Momentive Performance Materials Inc.

The program has collected and diverted 273,649 pounds of electronics from West Virginia landfills since the program started in 2007.

The collection was co-sponsored by the National Center for Electronics Recycling and Global Environmental Services. It was funded by the West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection’s Covered Electronic Devices Grant Program, created by state law that requires electronics manufacturers to annually register with the department and create optional take-back programs.

Registration fees collected are deposited in the grant program Take-Back Fund to fund programs diverting certain electronics from the waste stream. Momentive provided additional funding and its Green Team volunteered to plan and staff the event.

“This is our fourth year being involved with the Pleasants County collection event. We were so impressed with the number of volunteers we had from Momentive’s Green Team and with the wonderful employees of Global Environmental Services who really know how to help execute a seamless event,” said Heather Smith, senior manager for the National Center.

“It is important to us that we work with a recycler who has certifications and practices in place to know the materials we collect are being handled properly,” Smith said. “I think all involved in the planning of this event were really pleased with how everything turned out, and that we were able to provide a valuable service to the community.”

The collected equipment helped to save approximately 35 cubic yards of landfill space, an amount that Anthony Vandenberg, Solid Waste Authority board member, knows wouldn’t have been possible without the community’s willingness to participate.

“We had a great turnout with around 120 vehicles from the public, local government offices, and the Sistersville Momentive Plant. We filled two full-size trailers and a box truck with collected electronics for recycling and materials recovery. The beautiful weather surely helped too,” said Vandenberg. “This is a wonderful service to the public and the environment. It is great fun to work with a group who see things that need to be done, and just go do it.”

Global Environmental was the contracted recycler for the event. It is an R2 and e-Stewards certified recycler, committing it to a higher level of environmental accountability in the processing and business practices. It has a zero-export policy.

The company dismantles the electronics into recyclable raw materials of steel, copper, aluminum, glass, plastic, circuit boards and power supplies. Potential markets are then investigated for final disposition.

The Solid Waste Authority and its partners will be planning another event for the same time frame in 2015. For more information about recycling in Pleasants County, contact the authority at 304-684-2448.

For more information about Momentive, go to momentive.com. For more information about the National Center, contact Smith at hsmith@electronicsrecycling.org or go to electronicsrecycling.org. For more information about Global Environmental Services, go to gesrecycles.com.