with Skills of Central PA to recycle computers, monitors (excluding Apple
monitors) and other computer-related equipment. Area residents may drop
off these items at One-Stop Communications Monday thru Thursday 9 am to 4
pm; Friday 9 am to 4 pm; and Saturday 9 am to 2 pm. Printers will not be
accepted at this time.
One-Stop Communications has already been offering this service to the
public for two years at their location in Lewistown, where One-Stop
receives about ten computers and monitors a week, on average. When owner
Mike Buffington opened the location in Newport, he spoke to Sally Tenger
of the Perry County Conservation District. After learning that there was
currently no computer recycling program in Perry County, he contacted
Skills of PA, who recycles the computers, and asked if they would expand
their current service to Perry County.
While computers are safe to use, they do contain some environmentally
sensitive materials. Cathode ray tubes, circuit boards, batteries, and
mercury switches contain hazardous materials, such as lead, mercury,
cadmium and chromium, and can leak into a community's water supply. In an
effort to prevent these items from reaching the landfills and preserve the
environment, One-Stop Communications is allowing those items to be dropped
off at their store. From there, they will be sent to Skills of PA, where
the hazardous material in the machines can be safely removed, and parts
can be recycled. Skills of PA promotes jobs to those with disabilities.
One-Stop Communications can accept: computers, most monitors (see below),
and devices that connect to a computer, such as mice, keyboards, and
scanners. All items must be inspected by a One-Stop Communications
employee before drop-off. One-Stop Communications cannot accept: Apple
monitors, printers of any kind, and terminal units that combine a computer
"We are very excited to expand the computer recycling program to our
Newport store", says Buffington. "Skills has a wonderful program, and we
enjoy working with them to benefit our environment".
One-Stop Communications is a local retailer that has been providing the
central Pennsylvania market with personal and business communication
products for over 10 years. They are located at 100 North 4th Street,
Newport, and also at 126 Electric Avenue, Lewistown. For more
information, contact One-Stop Communications at 717-248-4996, or Skills of
PA at 717-436-2101.