Consumer Electronics Recycling

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.
Consumers Recycling Electronics
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.

Cumberland County has tried to revive electronics recycling drop-off events but finding a recycler willing to do a large event is near impossible.  The County was able to find a recycler willing to do an event in 2015 but could not find any recyclers interested in events in 2016.  The County is now exploring recycler interest in a more permanent type collection site. 

Unfortunately, residents might have to hold on to certain electronics (i.e. televisions) until legislative reform is implemented. If you are frustrated by the lack of electronics recycling opportunities, please contact your local representative and senator.  Please visit for suggested talking points.
Please visit our Specialized Items web page for possible other consumer electronics recycling opportunities.  Please call to confirm given the rapidly changing landscape. 

Consumer Electronics Recycling Program Historical Data

Number of Vehicles
Tons Collected
2001 1150 79.76
2002 760 49.63
2003 976 58.34
2004 1678 105.83
2005 1865 116.84
2006 1506 112.01
2008 1283 84.37
2009 1416 86.58
10,634 693.36