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New E-cycling Law to Make 2013 Greener Across PA

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

If the holidays bring you new electronics, or if you've been keeping an old TV in the garage in the hopes that 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 TVs and computer equipment beginning Jan. 1, 2013," said Erika Deyarmin, spokesperson for Waste Management. "We've been contacting officials in municipalities where we have hauling contracts (and) 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 regarding Pennsylvania's new electronics recycling law is available from the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection's website.

And information about Waste Management's mail-order e-cycling services is available here.

This article originally appeared on the Canon-McMillan Patch.

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NE12Ukid December 25, 2012 at 05:27 PM
So what does this mean to the homeowner? (Baldwin Borough here). Free recycling? Can't put these items in the trash pickup, but you CAN put them in the recycling pickup? both of which trucks come the same morning. Or can't put these items out at all, have to hire someone to take them to some center somewhere?
Robert Edward Healy, III December 25, 2012 at 05:44 PM
NE, These items won't be picked up at all in Waste Management communities. BUT, affected municipalities may have special collection days at various places. Stay tuned.
NE12Ukid December 26, 2012 at 12:39 AM
thanks, since we have received NO notice of this before your Patch article. Guess it will be necessary to hire someone to transport these items somewhere, extra expense. Will stay tuned for further details, thanks again.
Robert Edward Healy, III December 26, 2012 at 03:44 AM
You are welcome.
Rock Solid December 26, 2012 at 04:08 PM
This is good news since the fee for trash pickup will be reduced or will it? Also be on the lookout for E-Dumpers at a lot near you.
Robert Edward Healy, III December 26, 2012 at 04:13 PM
Jim, I'm not aware of any reduction in pickup cost, but have you heard something different?
Sandra December 30, 2012 at 08:53 PM
Just wondering when they are going to pick up our regular garage this week...
NE12Ukid December 31, 2012 at 12:45 AM
Where do you live? I know our garBage pickup was one day late and will be again, due to the Christmas and New Year Holidays.
Sandra January 03, 2013 at 04:38 PM
North Baldwin. Our pick up is usually on Fridays, and everyone put their garbage out on Friday. I expected a one day delay due to Christmas. They didn't pick up our garbage until Monday afternoon, December 31.

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