BYRAM, NJ – On Friday, February 26, 2016, Vintage Tech Recyclers informed the Township they will no longer collect the Township’s Electronic Waste. They have cited the poor recycling market conditions and that it is costing them to collect the Township’s Electronic Waste. The Township has been able to offer this service to the residents without costs. We have started to explore alternative solutions. Over the last several weeks we have collected Electronic Waste that has outgrown our ability to store. We need to temporarily suspend service until we can make new arrangements. In the interim, we are directing residents to the Sussex County Municipal Utilities Authority (SCMUA Electronic Waste Recycling Program – http://www.scmua.org/Cit-e-Access/webpage.cfm?TID=121&TPID=11923)
BACKUP ON ISSUE FROM THE COUNTY RECYCLING COORDINATOR:
January 19, 2016, Bill A-4763/S-2973 to revise the “Electronic Waste Management Act” was pocket vetoed by the Governor’s office. The current Electronic Waste Management Act that all NJ counties and municipalities have been operating under for the past 4 years is “status quo”. However, with current recycling market conditions at all-time lows, it is difficult to predict what status quo will translate into for existing NJ government E-Waste collection and recycling programs.
I wanted to update you on the status of the SCMUA E-Waste Program for 2016 so that you can inform your municipal constituents. At this time, the SCMUA is continuing the collection and recycling of Covered (CED) and Non-Covered (Non-CED) consumer electronics from Sussex County residents and businesses, at the Resident’s Convenience Center, being charged the appropriate disposal rate. No E-Waste collection events dates for 2016 have been finalized at this time. This information is listed on the SCMUA websitehttp://www.scmua.org/Cit-e-Access/webpage.cfm?TID=121&TPID=11923 and I encourage municipalities to provide a link to the SCMUA website on their homepage. Updated event information will be posted on the SCMUA website when available.
The SCMUA does not currently have a contract with an E-Waste recycling vendor, as our contract with Vintage Tech Recyclers expired 12/31/15. The SCMUA has distributed a Request for Quotes (RFQ) to E-Waste recycling vendors for the 2016 Program, from a list provided by NJDEP. The quotes are due for response early February. Based on the responses, the SCMUA will determine the level of service that can be provided for Sussex County residents and businesses regarding E-Waste recycling/disposal at our Solid Waste/Recycling Facility for 2016. Updated information, including any regulatory changes, will be forwarded to you, as available.
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