As of Thursday, Jan. 24, Pennsylvania residents and businesses will no longer be allowed to throw away electronic devices along with regular trash. The Pennsylvania Covered Device Recycling Act (CDRA), which was passed in 2010, disallows residents and businesses from disposing of electronic devices such as computers, laptops, and televisions, in with regular trash. Waste disposal services with no longer remove these types of items.
CDRA requires that electronic devices be properly recycled and may not be taken to, or accepted by, landfills or other solid waste disposal facilities for disposal. But, the Act also requires that manufacturers establish one-day events, permanent collection programs or mail-back programs for consumers. These programs will be offered to consumers at no cost.
Manufacturers must register their covered device brands with Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) and attach brand labels to those devices. Retailers who sell electronic covered devices may only sell devices with a manufacturer's brand that is registered with DEP. For more information about the new electronics recycling law and where to dispose of electronic devices, visit the DEP website or call the Recycling Hotline at (800) 346-4242.
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