Do not toss your old belongings in the garbage bin. There are three recycling or reusing events taking place in Upper St. Clair on Saturday.
1. E-cycling Event
An electronics recycling event will take place from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The township has a partnership with JVS Environmental. Despite snow in the forecast, they are expecting a big turnout, as many residents will be making room for their new electronics from Christmas. Representatives bring an empty truck and load it up with all of the electronics residents drop off. A fee is charged for televisions and monitors, but every other item is free. Television recycling costs $1 per inch of screen and monitors are $5 each.
Upper St. Clair's e-cycling event comes just weeks before a new e-cycling law goes into effect in Pennsylvania. At the end of the month, House Bill 708 will require electronics manufacturers to register their devices with the state Department of Environmental Protection. The legislation will also require manufacturers to establish and manage a plan to collect and recycle their electronic goods and bans landfill disposal of covered electronics. The items include TVs and computers. On Jan. 1, 2013, consumers will also have to make sure their electronics are being recycled properly.
2. Used Book Collection
Volunteers from the Friends of the Library will accept used books, cassettes and records this Saturday from 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. You may drop off your belongings in the Community Room Lobby, which is located under the arches at the rear of the township building. Do not bring encyclopedias, magazines or Readers Digest Condensed Books.
3. Christmas Tree Recycling
If you plan to take down your Christmas tree this weekend, do not toss it to the curb. Upper St. Clair officials ask that you take your undecorated tree to the YMCA's upper parking lot. It will be ground into mulch for residents' use. The program is ongoing and will end on Monday, January 23.