Electronics recycling law begins Jan. 23

Happy New Year everyone! I wanted to start off the year telling you about a new law that protects the environment and prohibits the disposal of certain electronics as trash. Please read the following because it will surely affect you or someone that you know.

Act 108, the Covered Device Recycling Act (CDRA), was passed in 2010. A provision which bans all covered devices from landfills becomes effective Jan. 23. The term covers desktop computers, monitors, laptops, computer peripherals and televisions. On and after this date, covered devices will no longer be accepted as trash.

CDRA requires a manufacturer of covered devices to register each of the brands they wish to sell in Pennsylvania with the Department of Environmental Protection. Under the CDRA, manufacturers must then take responsibility for recycling an equal amount (by weight) of all of the covered devices that they sell in Pennsylvania. In general, this Act requires proper recycling of all covered devices sold in Pennsylvania.

In Centre County, residents should bring their covered devices to the Centre County Recycling & Refuse Authority’s Electronic Recycling Drop-Off, which is located at the Transfer Station, 253 Transfer Road, Bellefonte. Please do not leave electronics near the large red recycling drop-off containers located outside of the gate or at any of the authority’s recycling drop-off locations.

In addition to covered devices, the Centre County Recycling & Refuse Authority will also accept the following electronics at our drop-off location for recycling: all computer monitors, all size and types of televisions, shredders, keyboards, cellphones, printers & scanners, DVD & VCR players/recorders, CD players, computers and laptops, computer peripherals, small electronic appliances, cords & cables (including chargers), microwave ovens, fax machines, typewriters, calculators, Christmas lights and much more.

The electronics drop-off is open to the public during our regular operating hours, which are Monday-Saturday, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Residents should follow signs to the scales (Gate 1), and inform the scale operator of a covered device for recycling. The scale operator will direct the resident to the electronics drop off location. All covered devices from Centre County residents may be dropped off free of charge. Commercial businesses should contact the authority office for rates.

Other locations accepting certain covered devices include: Best Buy (888-229-3770), Staples (237-2381), Skills of Central Pennsylvania (238-3245), and Computer Ministry Inc. (571-5000). It is always best to call ahead to make sure that your item is acceptable at a particular location.

Questions? Please contact the authority’s administrative coordinator, Dave Immel, at dlimmel@uplink.net or 238-7005. Thanks for recycling!