Disposing old electronics tough under PA law

Bradford Era – Disposal of old old televisions and computers is tough in rural Pennsylvania — it is illegal to put “e-Waste” out with the trash, and drop-off facilities and collection events are few and far between, so illegal dumping prevails.

State groups are now pushing for changes to the Covered Device Recycling Act of 2010, which Keep Pennsylvania Beautiful calls “a flawed law (which) started out with good intentions” because it prohibited electronics from going in the garbage without ensuring sufficient alternatives to properly dispose of such devices.

The Act established free manufacturer recycling programs for residents and a disposal ban for all covered electronic devices — all covered devices would be recycled at no cost — and, landfills and other solid waste disposal facilities could no longer accept these items or their components.

“Unfortunately, the impact of Act 108 has created a supply and demand imbalance that makes it cost-prohibitive for electronics recycling vendors to operate in Pennsylvania,” Keep Pennsylvania Beautiful states online.

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