In an effort to reduce smoke and fine particulate air pollution, the Allegheny County Health Department is offering monetary incentives to get county residents to dispose of woodstoves and outdoor wood-fired boilers made before the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency set emission standards for the equipment.
The department is offering $500 for non-Phase II outdoor wood-fired boilers and a $200 gift card for uncertified woodstoves. The "bounties" will be given for up to five boilers and 200 woodstoves. The cards are for Home Depot, Lowes, Kmart, Dick's Sporting Goods, GetGo and Giant Eagle.
To register for the program or for more information, call 412-578-8106 or visit www.achd.net/air/bounty/. Signups are accepted until Aug. 31. The equipment must be turned in at a collection event to be held Sept. 7 at the skating rink parking lot on Corrigan Drive in South Park. Unregistered items will not be accepted.