Recycling covered devices. It's the law.
Did you know that Pennsylvania passed a law, called the
Covered Devices Recycling Act, which prohibits residents from disposing of covered devices as trash? Effective January 24, 2013 residents and businesses may no longer place these items at the curb or throw them away as trash. These devices must be recycled. Additionally, trash haulers are prohibited from collecting these items as municipal waste.
What is a covered device?
Covered devices include desktop computers, laptops, monitors, computer peripherals (keyboard, mouse, printer and speakers), televisions and e-readers that browse the internet.
The Covered Devices Recycling Act does NOT include cell phones, motor vehicle components, appliance components or items such as handheld calculators, PDAs, MP3 players or similar devices.
How does this benefit you?
While you are required by law to recycle covered devices, the new rule prohibits manufacturers and retailers from charging customers a fee for accepting covered devices. There are a number of ways to recycle these items free of charge.
Where can you recycle your covered device?
You can recycle your covered device at Lancaster County Solid Waste Management Authority's
Household Hazardous Waste (HHW) Facility, located at 1299 Harrisburg Pike in Lancaster. The HHW Facility will accept a maximum of 10 units per visit, per day from Lancaster County residents and businesses.
You may also visit Earth911.com for an additional list of locations that recycle covered devices, or contact your local municipality for information on local collection programs.
If you have additional questions on the Covered Devices Recycling Act, please contact the local municipality in which you live. You may also contact the PA Department of Environmental Protection for more information.
Celebrating the power of wind
The Turkey Point Wind Project generated its 10 millionth kilowatt hour of electricity for Turkey Hill Dairy in August.
That's enough renewable energy for Turkey Hill Dairy to make approximately 8 million gallons of ice cream. Yum! Wind energy is just one of LCSWMA's four renewable energy initiatives, which include:
Generating renewable energy is one way our community can create a more sustainable future, lessening our dependence on traditional means of energy production.
Alternatives to household hazardous waste products
Using harsh chemicals in your home can be hazardous to your health and the environment. Instead of purchasing expensive, harsh products, try using environmentally friendly alternatives for everyday cleaning.
Baking soda: Dissolve 4 tablespoons baking soda in 1 quart warm water for a cleaning solution, or use baking soda sprinkled on a damp sponge. Baking soda will clean all kitchen and bathroom surfaces.
Mix ½ cup vinegar and 1 quart warm water. Wipe with newspaper.
Use water-based products instead of oil-based paint.
Baking soda and vinegar: Put 1/2 cup baking soda and then 1/2 cup white vinegar down your drain and cover the drain. Leave for a few minutes. Then pour a kettle of boiling water down the drain to flush it.
Olive oil and lemon juice: Mix 2 parts oil and 1 part lemon juice. Apply and polish with a soft cloth.
For more simple solutions, click here.
Use your home compost, mulch or other organic material on your lawn and garden instead of using chemical fertilizers.
We say goodbye to a treasured friend
Sadly, we say goodbye to a treasured friend and long-time board member, John S. Kassees. John passed away on August 26th at the age of 89. Serving on the Authority's Board of Directors for 27 years, John was an instrumental part of leading the organization to become one of the most innovative and respected within the solid waste management industry.
John served in a leadership capacity for many years; including the role of Chairman during a pivotal time. John led the Authority during an era when the organization was establishing the foundation of what would become a legacy of positively impacting the Lancaster community. We will deeply miss his leadership, his kindness and his friendship. John will always be a cherished and influential part of the organization.
Our Board of Directors consists of nine members who are appointed by the Lancaster County Commissioners to govern the Authority.