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State legislation passed the Covered Device Recycling Act (Act 108) in 2010, implementing a disposal ban effective January 24, 2013, stating that 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. All of these devices are required to be properly recycled.

Beginning in January 2012, the law required manufacturers to pay for the costs of electronics recycling to avoid Pennsylvania consumers bearing that cost.

 What Went Wrong?

Act 108 is an Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR) law.  EPR laws are designed to shift financial and management responsibility upstream to the manufacturer and away from the public sector.  Unfortunately, Act 108 has produced a number of unintended consequences that threaten to undermine the very purpose the act hoped to serve:

  • The demand for electronics recycling has far outpaced the capacity of existing disposal outlets and has exceeded the amount of recycled material that manufacturers are required to recycle by law. 
  • Manufacturer recycling requirements decrease every year because the sales weight of newer electronics decreases.  
  • Most of the electronics recycling stream is comprised of older, heavier units that enable manufacturers to quickly meet their established weight-based recycling goals, after which they typically suspend their recycling efforts for the remainder of the year. 
  • Declining commodity markets have discouraged recyclers from pursuing electronics recycling contracts. 

 

 

As a result, many residents in various parts of the state, including Northampton County, do not have access to recycling outlets for all of the electronics covered by the law.

Northampton County is first and foremost attempting to address the lack of electronics recycling opportunities Pennsylvania's electronics recycling law has created. Televisions are the most difficult and most expensive of the electronics to recycle.  This is why it is so hard to find a place to recycle them.  The County will continue to coordinate various mobile electronics collection events throughout the year as a means of properly disposing of televisions and other electronic waste.  If you cannot attend a County-sponsored collection event, we urge you to contact your municipality and encourage them to consider holding a collection event for their residents.
       • Municipalities can contact RRS or CleanEarth® (formerly AERC), among others, if interested in hosting collection events for their residents.        
       • Local drop-off locations include:  Fees apply 
                    →  CleanEarth® (formerly AERC), 
                    →  DRC Technologies
, and
                    →  
GER Solutions
       • You can also contact a junk removal or haul-out company  to come to your home to pick
          up your TV for a fee.

                                                                                                                                   

2019 Northampton County Mobile Electronics Recycling Events          
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laptop.jpg   Computer & Accessories Disposal Locations
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             • Programs developed by Sustainable Materials Management (SMM) Electronics Challenge participants.



If you are frustrated by the lack of free and convenient recycling opportunities for all types of covered devices, This
link will take you to a prepared message which you can send in a letter format. Feel free to edit the message with the specific challenges faced in your neighborhood.  Enter your residential contact information in the window provided. This will allow your message to go directly to your State Senator and State Representative.  For additional suggested talking points, please visit ewastepa.org.

 

 

Northampton County does not use general fund tax dollars for its Recycling & Waste program expenses.  Those using the programs are required to pay fees where they apply.

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