New Electronics Recycling Law to Impact Borough Collection
The Pennsylvania Covered Device Recycling Act was enacted in 2010 and requires consumers to keep covered devices, such as computers, laptops, monitors, and televisions, out of the trash.
Pennsylvania's new electronics recycling law takes effect in January and will mean a few change for the residents and businesses in the Borough.
Beginning on January 2, 2013, the Borough's route crews will no longer pick up televisions and computer equipment for disposal in the waste stream. Computer equipment includes laptops, monitors, CPU's, printers, scanners, keyboards, mouses, speakers, cables and battery backups. These items, if placed at the curb, will be left at the curb.
Many of these devices contain heavy metals that do not belong in the waste stream. Lead, cadmium, and mercury are just a few examples of heavy metals frequently found in these devices. But also valuable metals such as gold, silver and platinum, along with base metals such as copper, iron and aluminum that can be separated and reused in new products.
The law also requires manufacturers of devices to provide for the collection, transportation and recycling of these devices by establishing one-day events, permanent collection programs or mail-in programs.
Here are a few other important points that you should know about the state's new electronics recycling law:
Under the Pennsylvania Covered Device Recycling Act, manufacturers of covered devices must establish, conduct, and manage a plan to collect, transport, and recycle a quantity of covered devices equal to the manufacturer's market share. Manufacturers must annually register with the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection and provide for the free collection and recycling of covered devices to Pennsylvania consumers. Recyclers utilized by a manufacturer must be R2 or E-Stewards Certified.
Items Eligible to Be Collected Under Program:
Covered devices - a covered computer device and covered television marketed and intended for use by a consumer. A covered computer device is a computer (desktop, laptop), computer monitor, and computer peripheral (printer, keyboard, mouse, or any other device sold exclusively for external use with a computer that provides input or output into or from a computer). A covered television is a television with screen size greater than 4 inches measured diagonally.
Entities Eligible to Collect From Under Program:
Consumer - an individual/household or small business that is independently owned and operated, employees 50 or fewer people, has purchased or leased a covered computer device from a manufacturer or retailer and, but for the Pennsylvania Covered Device Recycling Act, would not otherwise have access to electronic recycling programs.
Where to Recycle Your Covered Device:
Sell your Covered Devices to a local metal recycler:
611 Metals Recycling - 6776 Easton Road, Pipersville, PA, Ph: (267)221-6924 (Computers, Keyboards, Printers, LCD Monitors, CRT Monitor ($5 charge), Televisions smaller than 27", & more; check their website for complete listing)
Wilcox Recycling - 241 Old Mill Road, Sellersville, PA, Ph: (215)257-1220 (Computer Towers Only)