Recycling materials other the normal paper and plastics can sometimes be a challenge. Here are some suggestions:
Laptops and computers (but not monitors) can go, free, to “high tech scrap”, the computer recyclers’ bin at Construction Junction (412-243-5025).
Goodwill takes computers and peripherals. Parts that are functional and not too old are rebuilt and resold at attractive prices via the Goodwill computer store–reuse is even greener than recycling. Goodwill tackles ‘e-waste’, Tribune Review, 8-8-07.
Cell phones, laptops, digital cameras, PDAs and ink cartridges are worth good money and are often collected as fundraisers (phones are commonly worth $6-$30 each). GRC Wireless Recycling.
The local stereo recycling guy (see ads at the East End co-op in the co-op newsletter) picks up most stereo parts for free. Here’s his ad from the Co-Operator:
STEREO RECYCLERS — We buy old speakers, receivers, tape decks, turntables, etc., and put them back into circulation. We can repair and rebuild your worn out speakers. Don’t let unused stereo components sitting in storage end up in landfills. (412) 244-0337; shos15218 at comcast dot net
Paper and cardboard are always free for disposal at the city recycling areas (helping the city) or can be used to raise funds for charities when put in the fundraising bins (e.g. outside of Whole Foods).
Compact Fluorescent Bulbs can be dropped off at the following places:
64 South 14th Street
Pittsburgh, PA 15203
Free drop-off in the lobby
Robinson Town Centre
Free drop off
39th and Butler Street in Lawrenceville
.67 cents per bulb (also takes fluorescent tubes for a fee)
2008 HHW collection events
see their website for more information
Under .50 per bulb
Allegheny County Health Department
Clack Health Center, Building 5, Public Drinking Water and Waste Management Program
Monday through Friday, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m
3901 Penn Ave., Lawrenceville.
Free – but for a limited time only!
For more on recycling, see this extensive site hosted by the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh.