Holiday season brings reminder of new e-recycling law

Written by Ben Allen and Radio Pennsylvania | Dec 28, 2013 3:12 AM

(Harrisburg) -- TVs, laptops, tablets and e-readers are popular gifts this holiday season, but there's requirements for anyone who wants to get rid of their old stuff.

Under the latest provisions in Pennsylvania's Covered Device Recycling Act, which took effect earlier this year, many electronics must be recycled, if they aren't donated or handed down.

Collection sites range from Goodwill locations to some Best Buy stores. 


"We've put the onus on the manufacturers to be responsible for recycling. And so the manufacturers, based on how much they sell every year, they have a requirement to take back a certain amount of tonnage in terms of these old electronics," says John Poister, spokesperson with the state Department of Environmental Protection.

"For years these were just thrown into landfills. And the problem is that these dangerous metals can leech into the groundwater, they can get through the landfill. And in some cases, these items were just dumped along the roadside. And that's, in many cases, even worse."

The D-E-P says recycling of TVs, laptops and more is important to keep harmful chemicals out of the environment.

It says basically, if the item has a circuit board, it has to be recycled.

In the past, these items were allowed in the trash.

Poister says now, items with a circuit board generally need to be recycled - like TVs, laptops, tablets, and e-readers.

Click here for a list of stores and other locations were electronics are accepted for recycling.

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