Tech Recycling now Easier for Consumers in PA

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Pennsylvania has made it easier for consumers to recycle old technology! Effective January 1st of this year, the Covered Device Recycling Act (CDRA), under the Producer Responsibility Law (HB 708), makes select items free to recycle for consumers. (Fees still apply to businesses and organizations.)

Attendees of AV Services' upcoming E-Recycling Drive on April 21st will surely benefit.

"The responsibility to environmentally dispose of electronics is shifting from the buyer to the manufacturer, and I think that will make both parties more aware of their footprint," said Kelly Matune, AV Services PR and Operations manager.

Manufacturers of "covered materials", according to the act, must establish a recycling plan with a recycler certified by the R2 or E-Steward programs. These certification programs assure that materials entrusted to them are disposed of properly, not put in landfills or shipped overseas to third world countries. A GreenSpan, who transport and process the materials gathered at AV's recycling drives, is an E-Steward.

Covered materials, as laid out by this act, refers to the following:

  • Laptop and desktop computers
  • Computer monitors
  • Computer printers
  • Computer mice
  • Any other device sold exclusively for external use with a computer that provides input or output into or from a computer
  • Televisions with a screen size more than 4 inches diagonally

For more information on the PA act and what will be recycled free of charge, visit www.electronicrecyclers.com/legislation-pennsylvania.aspx or contact A GreenSpan at (866) 904-7726 or admin@agreenspan.org. For details on the E-Recycling Drive, contact AV Services at (724) 946-7188, avstaff@westminster.edu, or by visiting our Green AV website.


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