2016 ELECTRONICS RECYCLING INFORMATION
Act 108-The Covered Device Recycling Act of 2010, (CDRA), was well intended in 2010 when it was developed. Unfortunately, in 2016, the requirements, rules and regulations of this act are not keeping up with the current climate for electronic recycling thus creating more harm to local electronic collections than good.
Currently manufactures are required to collect 100% of what was sold by weight two years ago. Unfortunately what is being collected in today’s markets are older electronic items that weigh more thus allowing the manufactures to reach their weight limits sooner. As a result, e-cycle or electronics recycling collections are being cancelled, contracts are being broken and consumers, municipalities and counties are suffering the effects of illegal dumping.
The Northeast Regional Recycling Coordinators met recently to discuss the ongoing challenges with Act 108 and through much deliberation the decision was narrowed down to three major issues that must be addressed:
#1- RETURN SHARE- OEMs must adhere to Return Share. ALL electronics brought by the public to a collection center or collection location must be recycled. Eliminate Quota System.
#2-COSTS-Original Electronic Manufactures, (OEM), must cover ALL COST OF COLLECTIONS including transportation, materials, labor, and recycling, etc.
#3- Remove “CAPS” to increase weights returned to EOM and require fixed prices per pound to OEMs for electronic recyclers to maintain a viable business.
Essentially what it comes down to is mainly that ACT 108 needs to have the manufactures take 100% responsibility. We also need your help to contact any and all local representatives and ask them to please make sure that these three changes be made to this act.
LIST OF REPERESENTATIVES AND THEIR CONTACTS
Eddie Day Pashinski – 570-825-5934-(Local) or 717-783-0686-(Harrisburg)
Gerald Mullery – 570-740-7031, 570-636-3500-(local)
Tara Toohil – 570-453-1344 061-(Local) or 855-282-0611-(toll free)
Mike Carrol – 570-655-4883, 800-894-0960-(Local)
Karen Boback – 570-675-6000, 800-278-3930
Aaron Kaufer – 570-283-1001-(Local) or 717-787-3798-(Harrisburg)
Lisa Baker – 570-675-3931, 888-736-1153-(toll free)or
Todd Yidichak – 570-740-2434, 570-883-4690 or
KPB Launches eWastePA.org- Consumer Guide to Electronics Recycling in PA
One of our primary roles as the Pennsylvania Affiliate of Keep America Beautiful, is to garner tools and resources to push down to the many affiliates, volunteers and partnering organizations that work tirelessly in support of our shared mission- Empowering Pennsylvanians to make our communities clean and beautiful.
We take great pride in that we do not waste resources by recreating the wheel. We partner. We promote. We share. However, we also recognize that there are times that we need to do more – there is a time we must create, build, and innovate if we are to advance our mission.
With the crisis our state is facing concerning electronics, particularly with the old televisions and computer monitors we see scattered across our landscape, the KPB Board felt strongly that this is one of those times.
As many of you know, there are many shortcomings with the Covered Device Recycling Act (Act 108). Stakeholders from across the various sectors have been working to address those flaws and we thank them and support those efforts. We too, have communicated with our legislators about illegal dumping of electronics at our recycling drop-offs, vacant lots, alleyways, riverbanks, streams and roadways. Many of you are actively engaged in electronics collections in your community and even if you are not, you know the toll the lack of access to recycling programs is taking. Many of you have shared those stories with us and we are grateful.
Ever since the Covered Device Recycling Act (Act 108) was enacted, there has been little to no broad consumer education on electronics recycling. While some communities did their best to fill the gap, overall- this is an area that desperately needs addressed now and in the future when the law is fixed. Consumers want and need to know not only where to take their televisions and old monitors, but why is it worth taking those extra steps? We need to make it easy to obtain this information, eWastePA.org does exactly that.
Today, with the help of our good friends and partners at PPO&S, Integrating Marketing and Communicaitons, Keep Pennsylvania Beautiful launches eWastePA.org – A consumer guide to electronics recycling in PA. Educate. Empower. Engage. The site not only explains why and how to recycle electronics, it links consumers to recycling programs in their community. It provides easy to use tools for consumers to advocate for access to convenient and affordable trash disposal and recycling in Pennsylvania by linking them with their local legislators as well as the manufacturers that are responsible for the cost of recycling of e-waste in Pennsylvania.
Thank you for your continued support as we work towards our shared vision, a clean and beautiful Pennsylvania!
AIR CONDITIONERS & MICROWAVES
CAN BE RECYCLED AT
JAMES TABIT & SONS (570-779-5344-LARKSVILLE)
J-L USED AUTO PARTS, INC. (570-779-5101-LARKSVILLE)
Please call for hours, directions and to see if there is a fee!
James Tabit & Sons
Accepts some electronics and flat screen televisions, please call for more information.
The Salvation Army
Hanover Township – 570-823-4191
All electronic, (computers, printers, etc), microwaves, televisions, and small electrical items,(curling irons, drills, etc.) Please call for more infomation.
(Wilkes Barre Area Locations)
Wilkes Barre 570-819-0719
will take your electronic items for FREE.
ACCEPTABLE ITEMS: computers, fax machines, printers, scanners, keyboards, mice, typewriters, video games, cell phones, VCR’s, VHS tapes, CD’s, batteries (rechargeable), radios, cassette players.
Limit:3 large items per visit per day.
NON ACCEPTABLE ITEMS: televisions, microwaves, monitors, any small appliances; (coffee pots, irons, vacuum cleaners, small heating units, air conditioners,etc.), or anything with freon.
Please call with any questions at 570-819-0719
Wilkes Barre 570-824-8304
will take your electronic items for FREE.
ACCEPTABLE ITEMS:desktop computers, laptops, tablets, eReaders, desktop printers, copiers, scanners, fax machines, schredders, GPS devices, digital cameras, MP# Players, mobile phones, and cordless phones, keyboards, mice, modems, routers and PC speakers, external hard drives and small servers.
NON ACCEPTABLE ITEMS: televisions, monitors, floor model copiers and printers, appliances, large servers, stereo/home AV equipment, alkaline batteries, lamps/bulbs, any kitchen appliances including microwaves & DVR’s.
Limit: 6 items per visit per day.
Please call with any questions at 570-824-8304
www.staples.com for additional information and other products acceptable for recycling.
Waste Reduction Recycling & Transfer
Wilkes Barre, PA 570-825-3522
Anything from tube televisions to mice.
(Fees apply-1.50 per pound for televisions.)
Please call for more information.
Pittston-570-883-0300 (Drop off is FREE)
Now accepting computers, flat monitors, keyboards, mice, etc. Please call for hours of operation.
TELEVISIONS ARE NOT ACCEPTED AT CARTRIDGE WORLD
(HAZLETON AREA LOCATION)
570-454-8706 – (charges may apply)
Brenner Recycling is now accepting various electronic items, including televisions & CRT monitors-charges may apply, towers, keyboard and mice. Please call for additional items being accepted and hours of operation.
NEW – Covered Device Recycling Act
The Covered Device Recycling Act (CDRA, House Bill 708), Act 108 of 2010, requires manufacturers to provide recycling programs for desktop computers, laptop computers, computer monitors, computer peripherals and televisions sold to consumers in Pennsylvania beginning in January 2012. Other requirements also apply. Please see the links below. (Note to manufacturers – this does not include manufacturers of computer peripherals if the manufacturer does not make other covered devices).
Covered Device Recycling Act – A General Overview (PDF) 2520-FS-DEP4324 (eLibrary)
Beginning Jan. 24, 2013, desktop computers, laptop computers, computer monitors, computer peripherals, televisions, and any components of such devices may no longer be disposed in Pennsylvania with municipal waste. Additionally, covered devices that are not from an occupant of a single detached dwelling unit or a single unit of a multiple dwelling unit that used a covered device primarily for personal or small business may no longer dispose of these devices or their components at that time. All of these devices are required to be properly recycled.