SHARON – The City of Sharon has a new way for citizens to get rid of electronic waste.
Residents can drop off their e-waste free of charge to the city garage at 77 E. Budd St. Drop off is limited to two items per visit, and collection times are from 7:30 a.m. to noon on the first and third Wednesdays of the month.
The city will accept only TVs, computers, laptops, computer accessories such as mouses, printers and fax machines. Residents will not be able to drop off paint or hazardous waste.
Stereos and phones should be disposed of in the regular household trash, and residents must take air conditioners, dehumidifiers and household appliances to a scrap yard.
“We think the services are necessary,” Manager Bob Fiscus said. “That’s why we tried to adjust the best we could.”
Sharon had contracted with Environmental Coordination Service and Recycling of Cochranton for collection of electronics and household hazardous waste, at no charge to residents, but the city’s bill had nearly doubled after almost two years of service.
When council switched garbage contractors in 2017 to Tri-County, the city worked a deal where it would receive a fee for every household with a garbage account.
Fiscus estimated the fee would generate about $95,000. Part of that money has been used to pay a full-time code enforcer, and another portion went to pay for electronic waste servicxes curbside pickup. But the e-waste collection fee exceeded the funds available.
“The only other option was to raise the garbage bill by $1.50 a month,” Fiscus said.
For a $50 fee, materials can still be put curbside for pickup by emailing email@example.com to schedule or call 814-425-7773.
Residents will have two drop-off opportunities every year, one in the summer and one in the fall, for dropping off e-waste and chemicals.