Electronics recycling pact to be extended

An agreement with a Pittsburgh electronics recycling company is expected to be renewed for an additional three years with Lycoming County.

Commissioners will take action Thursday at their 10 a.m. meeting to extend the contract with eLoop, which picks up and processes electronics items that have been dropped off at the county’s recycling center in Montgomery.

Jason Yorks, county recycling coordinator, said about 122 tons of electronic devices have been dropped off at the recycling center since the affiliation with eLoop began last July.

The county could see even more electronics recycling this year. Yorks said that 27 tons of electronic devices, which includes televisions, computer monitors and related equipment, has been dropped off at the center since the beginning of this year.

“Electronics recycling has been a big hit,” Yorks said.

He added that eLoop provides similar services to other nearby counties.

“It’s been a very successful partnership with them,” he explained.

Commissioners also will review contracts with pathologist Dr. Eric Vey, of Fairview, and the Health Network Laboratories in Allentown. Vey’s contract is for services for the county’s public defender’s office at cost of $170 an hour, up to $20,000 annually. The Health Network contract is an annual renewal for forensic services for the county’s coroner’s office, which varies in cost according to the services provided.

County Children and Youth Services Administrator Mark Egly also will present commissioners with an agreement for five attorneys to provide substitute legal guardianship services to clients on an as-needed basis.

Egly said the need, while present, was small last year with only 36 hours of attorneys’ time used.