Cumberland County was one of the first governmental agencies in
Pennsylvania to offer a consumer electronics recycling program. The
program, which began in 2001, consisted of drop-off events where
residents could bring their consumer electronics for recycling. The
historical results of that program are presented below.
Pennsylvania passed the Covered Device Recycling Act (Act 108) in 2010, which required manufacturers to provide recycling programs for desktop computers, laptop computers, computer monitors, computer peripherals and televisions sold to consumers in Pennsylvania beginning in January 2012. Act 108 also states that, beginning January 24, 2013, desktop computers, laptop computers, computer monitors, computer peripherals, televisions, and any components of such devices may no longer be disposed in Pennsylvania with municipal waste. All of these devices are required to be properly recycled.
Act 108 is an Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR) law. EPR laws are designed to shift financial and management responsibility upstream to the manufacturer and away from the public sector. For this reason, Cumberland County decided to discontinue its consumer electronics recycling program. Unfortunately, Act 108 has produced a number of unintended consequences that threaten to undermine the very purpose the act hoped to serve. Bottom line, it has become more effective in many cases for electronics scrap recyclers to decrease services to stabilize revenue rather than expand business to Pennsylvania citizens. Click here for a full explanation of the factors which have led to this outcome.
Unfortunately, residents might have to hold on to certain electronics (i.e. televisions) until a solution is implemented. If you are frustrated by the lack of electronics recycling opportunities, please contact your local representative and senator as well as the Honorable Chris Ross (address below), prime sponsor of Act 108.