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December 10, 2016
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The treasure in trash

Batteries are separated into five different categories. A small box weighs about 5,000 pounds and ARI must send 30,000 lbs. at a time for processing.

AR also sells, services and upgrades computers at heavily discounted prices as a community service, according to vice president of operations David Delucca. To keep the prices low for those without the means to afford a new computer, AR harvests usable parts and swaps them into discarded computers.
At the heart of it is finding the value in discarded things, while looking for better and quicker ways to process them without cutting corners.

“When you get involved in this, you find out that you have a responsibility to this earth and the people on it,” said Delucca, “I was a cop for 21 years and retired into this and my whole thought process is now different. The only way to really be environmentally sound is by taking care of these items and getting rid of them properly. We’re not landfilling anything. We recycle 99.97% of everything we touch.”

AR is also venturing into demolition in addition to reclamation, dismantling servers in data centers and recycling goods from offices. Meanwhile, the company is constantly looking for ways to improve efficiency and invested $30,000 last year to install a huge biomass furnace to heat its warehouse. The burner allows them to recycle their abundant wood product, from broken pallets to TV casings.

The company is also interested in learning more from its customers. “Tell us what you need, and be patient, because eventually we’ll have it at one of our locations,” said Rea.
Businesses and individuals can unload their unwanted tech trash, appliances and metal items for free to AR, which will safely remove any toxic materials they contain—and make a few pennies in the process. Stop by during open hours or call to schedule an appointment. Visit for more information, or call 845/858-8809.

Upcoming collection events in Pike County

An AR collection event is scheduled for June 23 at the Palmyra Township Building, 115 Buehler Lane, Paupack, PA. Call 570/226-2230 for more information.