Electronic Recycling Options
Download the Westmoreland County Recycling Guide for specific electronic recycling options. These options include:
- Our Recycling Center as well as other drop off locations.
- Communities that offer curbside collection of electronics (and/or household hazardous waste). As the service is built into the garbage bill, no additional fees apply, but certain materials may be restricted, and the collection must be SCHEDULED with the garbage hauler.
- Junk haulers that will pick up the material at your house for a fee.
Pennsylvania Covered Devices Recycling Act
The intent of Pennsylvania’s Covered Devices Recycling Act (CDRA) of 2010 is to initiate a disposal ban on covered devices, wherein no person may dispose of a covered device or any of its components with their municipal waste. Effective January 24, 2013, covered devices (televisions, computers, computer monitors, and computer peripherals) will be banned from landfill disposal.
The PA DEP has been working with trade groups, electronics de-manufacturers, and recycling professionals since 2010 to manage the volume of e-scrap expected to be generated once the full ban goes into effect. The key components of the act:
- Define covered devices (computers, monitors, peripherals, and TVs)
- Define manufacturer responsibility to pay for the e-scrap recycling programs
- Requires that consumers and small businesses have access to FREE e-scrap recycling programs
- Outline the procedure for developing and implementing e-scrap recycling programs
- Sets certification standards for e-scrap de-manufacturers
Simply put, after January 24, 2013, all consumers, and all businesses with less than 50 employees, must be able to recycle covered devices at no cost. Larger commercial businesses must recycle the covered devices but at their own expense.
What’s covered under the Covered Devices Recycling Act of 2010 (CDRA)?
The CDRA actually only mandates the recycling of certain categories of e-scrap: computers, peripherals, monitors (anything directly connected to a computer system), and televisions as follows:
- Computer monitors—CRT and LED/LCD
- Peripherals (mice, keyboards, speakers)
- Copiers (desktop and stand-alone)
- TVs—all types and sizes
What’s NOT covered under the Covered Devices Recycling Act of 2010 (CDRA)?
Almost all of the programs designed to collect covered devices will also accept ALL electronic scrap, categorized as “non-covered” devices, at no cost to the consumer. The simplest description for what is recyclable is “anything with a cord”:
- Answering Machines
- Telephone systems
- Cell phones
- Docking Stations
- Electric typewriters
- Remote Controls
- Stereos/tape/CD players
- VCR/DVD players
- Medical equipment
- Rechargeable batteries
- Toner/ink cartridges
- Testing equipment
- Fax/copy machines/duplicators
- Gaming consoles/controllers
- Digital media (VCR tapes/CDs/cassette tapes, etc.)
What About Electronics Retailers and Repair Shops?
According to the CDRA, all electronics retails such as Sears, Walmart, Best Buy, etc. must either provide recycling of covered electronic devices to their customers, or provide information on where such e-scrap can be recycled. Best Buy has been recycling consumer electronics from its customers for a while now; it is not known if other large retailers will follow suit. These large retail operations are geared primarily toward the consumer market.
Small retailers, repair shops, professional offices, and other businesses with less than 50 employees fall into the consumer category, and must also be able to recycle their e-scrap at no charge. However, the large retail store programs are not designed to accept small business e-scrap.
Westmoreland Cleanways’ e-scrap Recycling Program is designed to serve the small business community. This should be a great opportunity to allow local retailers to remain competitive in the marketplace, serve their customers well, and comply with requirements of the CDRA.
For more details, refer to the CDRA Q&A prepared by the PA DEP.
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