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Bellefonte E-Recycle event nets huge haul

PHOTO PROVIDED Some of the between two and three tons of old electronic equipment recycled at the Electronics Recycle opportunity this past week is shown, along with some of the volunteers who helped collect it.

BELLEFONTE — The Bellefonte Intervalley Area Chamber of Commerce and Black Hoof Technology partnered to provide an Electronics Recycle opportunity at the Bellefonte Armory complex on April 23 and 24.

The event was designed as a free public service to keep old computers and related equipment out of the landfill and recycle them for productive use. The event was held at the Bellefonte Armory, courtesy of the Bellefonte Borough, and with the help of volunteers from the Central Pennsylvania Institute of Science and Technology, the Chamber of Commerce, Black Hoof Technology, Downtown Bellefonte Incorporated, the local U.S. Army Recruiting Company, Timberland Federal Credit Union, and Bellefonte Borough Council. Upcycle, LLC was the professional recycler used.

Missy Scott, of Black Hoof Technology said the count of recycled items included: 139 PCs, 75 laptops, 83 monitors. 89 printers, 21 network switches, three rack servers and “more cables, keyboards, mice, etc. than I can count.” In all, two to three tons of old electronics.

Gary Hoover, the Bellefonte Chamber’s executive director, noted that with the COVID-19 emergency it was extremely difficult for the chamber to hold its traditional activities over the past year, but that the E-Recycle Event, held outside, was a safe way to serve the whole community. He added that cooperation from the local media in helping to publicize the opportunity was outstanding.

Officials from Upcycle were very impressed and momentum is already building to do it all again next year.

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