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New E-cycling Law To Make 2013 Greener Across Pennsylvania

If the holidays are expected to bring 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.

If the holidays are expected to bring 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 in January 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 TV’s and computer equipment beginning January 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.

Roger December 24, 2012 at 02:51 PM
Quoting, "... The law also provides free recycling for these devices being disposed of by households and businesses with fewer than 50 employees. " The operative word here is "free." I find it refreshing that the e-cycling is without cost. Perhaps the ones who constructed this law can find many other free services for the citizens, services that cost nothing to anybody. Gotta love it ....
Roger December 24, 2012 at 03:32 PM
In checking the implementation of the "free" program at thinkgreenfromhome.com, the recycle is done through boxes, various sizes, intended for various collections. However, each box has a cost, $20-$50 each, depending on size. The program is run through Waste Management. Soooooo, perhaps the "free" characteristic is paying for boxes to put your disposable items. The costs include UPS shipment to Waste Management. If this to be the case, how is the state involved? While making a way for e-cycling, Waste Management appears to be the financial winner. Am I wrong?
same old story December 24, 2012 at 10:40 PM
WHO MAKES A BUCK ON THIS DEAL?

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