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New E-cycling Law To Make 2013 Greener

Households, businesses will no longer able to dispose of TVs, computer equipment through Waste Management.

If the holidays brought you new electronics or you’ve been keeping an old console TV in the garage in hopes an electronics recycling event would appear, there’s good news on the calendar for you and the environment.

Pennsylvania’s new Covered Device Recycling Act takes effect today and
requires the recycling of all TVs and computer equipment being discarded by
households, businesses and institutions.

The law also provides free recycling for these devices being disposed of by households and businesses with fewer than 50 employees. Larger businesses are required to pay for electronics recycling.

“For the last several weeks we have informed our customers that our collection
crews will not pick up TVs and computer equipment beginning Jan. 1, 2013,” said Erika Deyarmin, spokesman for Waste Management. “We’ve been contacting officials in municipalities where we have hauling contracts, other municipal leaders, and using billing notices to advise our customers of how the new law will affect their service because we want to be a good neighbor and minimize customer inconvenience.”

The “covered devices” that now must be recycled include all televisions and
computer equipment, including monitors, CPUs, laptops, printers, scanners,
keyboards, mouses, speakers and any other devices that connect to a computer in a home or small business.

Additional information about the state’s new electronics recycling law is available from the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection’s website at www.depweb.state.pa.us.

Information about Waste Management’s mail-order e-cycling services is available at www.thinkgreenfromhome.com.

John McChesney January 01, 2013 at 05:23 PM
The message is somewhat confusing. I understand the law requires it. I saw where there is no charge for the service. Then I see that Waste Management is not going to pickup these recyclable materials. How is this going to work?
Roger January 01, 2013 at 06:39 PM
John, this is the third (at least) article, all the same, posted on Patch sites locally in the past week. I agree, no good information here. I commented in other threads, asking questions, but never got an answer. All we know is the WM will not pick up e-goods. The programs is "free," but the link shows the purchase of boxes to put e-goods into, boxes that cost $20-$50(?). This is hardly free. And, we know that nothing is free, so this statement is already suspect. Maybe after a few more articles in Patch, the real scoop with emerge.
Michael Silvestri January 02, 2013 at 04:34 PM
Peters Township Residents--Since October 2010, Peters Township has a FREE drop off at public works for all electronic recycling from 7:30 to 3pm M-F. We ask that you call 724-941-6161 to make sure someone is there to assist you. M. Silvestri, Township Manager
Roger January 02, 2013 at 07:13 PM
Thanks for the info Mike. I am wondering why this information was not in the article. Apparently the township program and the new law are decoupled.

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