Recycling Covered Devices

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Recycling Covered Devides

Recycling Covered Devices

Did you know that Pennsylvania passed a law, called the Covered Devices Recycling Act (CDRA), 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 our 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 for an additional list of locations that recycle covered devices, or contact your local municipality for information on local collection programs.

More questions?

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.

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