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**Please note: All county-wide Collection Events previously scheduled have been cancelled.  Pre-registration, with an assigned time to drop-off, will be required in order to participate in future County collection events.**

Permanent Electronics Drop-Off Locations  Include:
Clean Earth Recycling, 2330 SW 26th St., Allentown 18103   P: 610-433-4011
DRC Technologies, 2005 Main St., Northampton 18067   P: 610-502-0854
GER Solutions, 795 Roble Rd., Allentown 18109  P: 610-443-1776

Fees may apply.

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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 throughout 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 Clean Earth® (formerly AERC), among others, if interested in hosting collection events for their residents.        
       Residents & Businesses: Local drop-off locations include:  Fees apply 
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                      DRC Technologies

                      
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.
                                                                                                                                   

 Computer & Accessories Disposal Locations 
 Television & Audio Disposal Locations
 Where to Donate or Recycle Electronics (EPA: Programs developed by Sustainable Materials Management (SMM) Electronics Challenge participants)
 

 

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Erase the data on your computer and mobile phone before recycling. Many companies will not do this for you, which could put your personal information at risk.

 


 

 

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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