It's not easy being green

Written by Diana Nelson Jones on .

If you have been hoarding polystyrene in your basement waiting to make a gift of it for reuse, the Pennsylvania Resources Council will be collecting that and other hard-to-recycle items on Saturday.
It will be the first of four 2013 hard-to-recycle collections, but you have to drive to the Galleria at Pittsburgh Mills — from 9a to 1p in the parking lot. For most people, that's going way out of your way to be green. 
Other items you can drop off at no cost are computers, printers, monitors, fax machines, laptops and televisions, cell phones, printer/toner cartridges and compact flourescent lights.
“This year PRC is excited to partner with NOVA Chemicals and Appliance Warehouse to collect polystyrene packaging material,” said PRC's regional director Dave Mazza. “This hard, white molded packaging material is often used to protect consumer electronics and household appliances during shipping.”
That material can be recycled to make clothes hangers, insulation, decorative moldings and picture frames, he said.
Individuals will pay a nominal fee to drop off batteries, fluorescent tubes, small Freon appliances and paper for shredding. For a detailed list of items accepted and the price structure, visit this site or call PRC at 412-488-7490, ext. 236.

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