My favorite electronicsGot new electronics over the holidays? Did you know the old ones must be recycled?
E-Waste alert - as of Jan. 1, you can't drop off old televisions, computers, e-readers or any other electronics at the Rock Avenue transfer station. PMUA officials are working on the issue, but meanwhile residents are advised to use other recycling programs in Union County or see whether stores accept electronics for recycling by manufacturers.
PMUA Executive Director Daniel Mejias said Tuesday the authority may have an answer by February on E-Waste disposal. The authority was looking at a 30-cent per pound charge, which equates to $600 per ton. Based on last year's tonnage, he said, it would cost the PMUA $90,000 for disposal.
Fanwood's recycling center takes electronics, but asks for a small donation per item. Among other stores, Best Buy has a recycling program.
The E-Waste dilemma was among many items covered at the PMUA meeting.
- Mejias said the transfer station passed a DEP compliance inspection, rating 100 percent on keeping normal hours, receiving only licensed materials and not exceeding a 280-ton daily limit.
- CFO Duane Young said the authority had stabilized rates and has not had an increase in five years. In fact, there had been a couple of rate decreases, he said, but called it "unrealistic" to think the trend could continue in light of rising costs.
- Mejias said the authority's goal is to increase shared services contracts to offset operating costs. The authority has not lost any of its outside contracts and is seeking more.
- PMUA commissioners approved introduction of the 2016 solid waste and sewer budgets, with passage expected next month. (A call to the authority earlier Tuesday revealed that there will be 20 days' public notice before a rate hearing.)
- In a community outreach project, the PMUA gave out 177 pairs of gloves to children whose parents brought them to the Front Street office. Mejias said the effort was "well-received."
-The authority may replace small pickup trucks in its fleet with hybrid vehicles that can use alternate fuels, Mejias said, "being mindful of the carbon footprint."
- In an end-of-year sewer report, Mejias said 27.44 miles were flushed and 18 miles "televised," referring to use of a robotic camera to examine and assess the interior of sewer lines. Of 101 sewer calls, he said, only three pertained to the PMUA.
- The question of an appointment to the Plainfield Area Regional Sewerage Authority is unresolved. (Mayor Adrian O. Mapp and the City Council are in dispute over who has the authority to appoint a PARSA representative.)
- A commemorative booklet is planned to mark the authority's 20th anniversary.
The authority will reorganize at its meeting next month, which is scheduled for 6 p.m. Feb. 9 at 127 Roosevelt Ave.