Press Release

ANNAPOLIS, MD (October 25, 2001) – Harford County boy scouts and citizens will join Maryland Department of the Environment (MDE) Secretary Jane T. Nishida and U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Regional Administrator Tom Voltaggio this Saturday (Oct. 27) from 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. to pull the plug on outdated electronic equipment.

The environmental officials will join Harford residents to participate in Maryland’s first consumer electronics recycling collection event, known as eCycling. All Harford County residents are encouraged to drop-off unwanted TVs, computers, monitors, printers, scanners, keyboards, mouses and other computer peripherals at the Harford Waste Disposal and Recycling Center located at 3241 Scarboro Road in Street.

The eCycling program aims to offer a long-term solution to end-of-life electronics. Nationally, more than 20 million personal computers became obsolete in 1998. That number is expected to grow to an estimated 315 million by 2004. Obsolete electronics contain elements such as lead, mercury, cadmium, and arsenic. If not handled properly, these toxic substances can be released into the environment. Over the next few months, local governments will offer eCycling opportunities for residents to drop off their old computer equipment and televisions at specific locations.

Directions to Harford Waste Disposal Center

  • Take i-95 north to exit 80, at top of exit go toward rt. 543.

  • Go to first traffic light, rt. 136 and turn right.

  • Go approximately 10 miles to rt. 440 (dublin rd. four way stop and blinking red light) turn left.

  • Go approximately 2 miles to scarboro rd. (large blue sign in roadway – harford waste disposal and
    recycling center) turn left.

  • Proceed ½ mile to the harford composting facility on the left.

Editor’s note

This is about a 40 minute drive from Baltimore but makes a great morning edition/weekend activities piece.