More than 60 wood stoves turned in for gift cards

Health officials say collection helps reduce emissions

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The Allegheny County Health Department has collected 62 wood stoves after encouraging residents to turn in old stoves and outdoor wood-fired boilers that do not meet national emissions standards.

Health Director Karen Hacker said the department re-launched the “bounty program” because of an increasing number of complaints about wood-burning emissions and “to help reduce the amount of smoke and fine particulate pollution that come from using such old wood-burning equipment."

People who turned in old stoves received a $200 gift card to one of six retailers. The gift cards were made possible because of a $75,000 grant from the Allegheny County Clean Air Fund.

The first stove and boiler collection event, in September 2013, resulted in the collection of 59 wood stoves and one outdoor boiler. The old equipment is hauled away by Tube City IMS to its West Mifflin recycling center, the county said.

The county is considering another collection event. Those interested in turning in an old wood stove or outdoor wood-fired boiler should email aconner@achd.net or call 412-578-8106.


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