—The Covered Device Recycling Act (CDRA) requires that all electronics now be recycled rather than disposed of with regular municipal waste. This includes, but is not limited to, items such as computers, monitors, televisions, audio equipment, printers, cell phones and laptops.Many of these devices contain metals and coatings such as lead, mercury, lithium, phosphorous and fire retardants that are hazardous to our health and the environment.As of January 24, 2013, the CDRA bans the disposal of these components and devices through municipal waste.
It is recommended to contact the location prior to taking your items to ensure they accept your type of electronic. Some items, such as televisions, are not accepted at certain locations. Additionally, many retailers that sell electronic items will accept the same items for recycling.Check with your retailer for details.
Batteries containing nickel-cadmium (NiCd), nickel metal hydride (Ni-MH), lithium ion (Li-ion) and other small sealed lead (Pb) are usually found in cordless power tools, cell phones, laptops, digital camera and some remotely controlled items.These items can usually be recycled at retail outlets such as Home Depot, Lowes, Staples or RadioShack.For a more comprehensive list of rechargeable battery recyclers in your area, please visit www.Call2Recycle.org.This organization manages a no-cost battery and cell phone collection program which recycled over 10 million pounds of batteries in 2012.
The CDRA prohibits manufacturers and retailers from charging consumers a fee for the collection, transportation or recycling of a covered device unless a coupon or rebate of equal or greater value is provided.Covered devices include desktop and laptop computers, computer monitors and peripherals, and televisions.Collection locations may charge fees if they are not a retailer and are not affiliated with a manufacturer’s recycling program.Any collection location, regardless of whether they are a retailer or are affiliated with a manufacturer’s recycling program may charge a fee for recycling non-covered devices.For more information on the Covered Device Recycling Act, please visit the PA Department of Environmental Protection’s website atwww.depweb.state.pa.us.Click on WASTE on the left navigation menu, then RECYCLING.Information regarding the electronics recycling management program is on the bottom of the right navigation menu.