Easton encourages holiday recycling

January 4, 2013 by  

The holiday season means a lot of new toys for many people, and it also means a lot of refuse and garbage. Easton officials are therefore encouraging people to find ways to recycle much of their holiday waste, with a new state law coming into effect this month.

Many of the materials associated with the holidays, including wrapping paper, empty champagne bottles, and cardboard boxes, can be recycled. People who live in Easton can take those items to the recycling center, which accepts paper, cardboard, plastic, and glass. It also takes aluminum cans.

People who are looking to get rid of televisions and other gadgets should hesitate before putting those items on the curb. A new Pennsylvania state law has put tougher restrictions in place when it comes to disposing of old electronic devices. As of January 24, it is against the law to throw televisions and computer equipment into the garbage or trash. Those items must now be recycled instead.

Electronic devices will be collected for recycling for free for individuals and businesses that employ fewer than 50 people. Bigger businesses will need to pay a fee to recycle their old electronics. The area around Easton has several places that will collect old gadgets and other electronics to be reused or recycled, including the Goodwill in nearby Bethlehem. Easton print companies might consider printing flyers so that people know about the new rules.

The Easton recycling center is open four days a week for drop offs. People can bring paper, plastic, glass, and metal items on Tuesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays, and Sundays between the hours of 10:00 am and 2:00 pm.