Whether it's a flat-screen TV or computer monitor, or an older, tube-type TV, it's no longer allowed to be put out curbside with household trash.
But instead of holding onto the items for municipal-sponsored collections, they're being left on streets and in wooded areas.
"Anybody can put it out," Vito said. "City hauler J.P. Mascaro won't take them."
When residents call to complain after waking up to find somebody's TV in front of their home, Vito's department tells them they have to get a private hauler to remove it, or wait until the streets department crew comes to pick up it up and takes it to be disposed of properly.
"We try to keep the city as clean as possible," Vito said. "But it's tough. People just don't care and it becomes our problem."
Vito said that once the weather is a bit warmer the streets department will have to clean up an area behind Pagnotti Field where someone has thrown items.
"We'll get a truckload and take it to a place in
The municipal electronics recycling collections are an attempt to stop the illegal dumping, and according to
"We had about 15 televisions around at various sections of the township before the electronic recycling," Gallagher said. "We were finding TV sets left out in the streets or in wooded areas like the
He noted that when the law was changed by the state no one had a plan in place to store the recycled items.
"You have to have a secure space inside a building to prevent it from getting wet," Gallagher said. "If you have no place to drop it off people will leave TV sets out, or much like tires, they will be thrown in stripping holes off the
The township, he said, doesn't have room to store electronic items.
Gallagher said government on the state level doesn't pay attention to what is going on.
"They make rules and regulations but there is no pre-planning for recyclables of that nature," he said.
Electronics recycling is twice a year, but TVs or monitors seem to be showing up all around, according to Gallagher. If people are backed into a corner to dispose of something they no longer have use for, they will invent their own way of getting rid of something, he said.
He agreed with Vito that catching those who are dumping illegally is difficult.
"You would have to invest in cameras but they're costly, about
As for tires, the supervisor said some small dealers or garages will drop off their tires anywhere -- even on
"We probably have about 150 tires behind the township building now," he said. "Until the county has the next tire recycling we will probably have about 400 or 500 tires for recycling. It's become a big problem."
"In the last year we collected 300,000 pounds of electronic waste," Sau said. "Yes, people don't like change and are still putting it out."
Electronic waste such as TVs and monitors can be dropped off at stores such as
The Covered Device Recycling Act prohibits anyone from throwing away certain electronics with their garbage including computers, monitors, laptops and TVs. The law also prohibits landfills and waste disposal facilities from accepting these devices.
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