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State legislation passed the Covered Device Recycling Act (Act 108) in 2010, implementing a disposal ban on computers,  televisions and various types of electronic equipment as solid waste, effective January 24, 2013.

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?

  • 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.         
                                                                                                                                    

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Computer & Accessories Disposal Locations 

Television & Audio Disposal Locations

EPA: Where to Donate or Recycle Electronics
  Programs developed by Sustainable Materials Management (SMM) Electronics Challenge participants.


Senate Bill 800 (SB800) repeals what is known as the Covered Device Recycling Act and provides a new structure for collection of our growing e-waste. SB 800 is currently in the Senate Environmental Resources and Energy Committee.

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.


EPEAT®
EPEAT® is the definitive global registry for greener electronics, covering the most products from the broadest range of manufacturers.  EPEAT is a procurement tool designed to help  purchasers in the public and private sectors evaluate, compare and select electronic products (currently desktop and notebook/laptop computers and monitors) based on their environmental attributes.  EPEAT's name is derived from the acronym for the "Electronic Product Environmental Assessment Tool"

 

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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