On January 24th, 2013, a new Pennsylvania law went into effect that mandates all "covered electronic devices" be properly recycled instead of just throwing them in the trash only to end up in a landfill. Covered devices are defined as desktop & notebook computers, PC monitors, computer peripherals (like your keyboard and printer) and all televisions.
This legislation was originally introduced in 2010. The main reason behind proper recycling of covered electronics is the same today as it was 3 years ago. Most electronics contain heavy metals such as lead, cadmium & mercury (old-style cathode ray tube televisions contain 4-7 pounds of lead!) which can damage the environment surrounding their final resting place.
What you need to know:
1. Mobile phones, portable handheld calculators, digital assistants and MP3 players are NOT included in the CDRA.
2. You must take your old devices to an electronics collection location for proper recycling. A list of these locations per county is avilable here: http://www.portal.state.pa.us/portal/server.pt/community/household/14079/electronics_collection_programs/589591
3. The CDRA prohibits retailers from charging for the collection, transportation or recycling of a covered devices unless a coupon or rebate of equal or greater value is provided.
4. Collection locations may charge fees if they are not a retailer and are not affiliated with a manufacturer's recycling program.
5. The penalty for first-time offenders of this law is $1,000. The penalty for all subsequent violations is $2,000.
If you are looking for more information on the legislation involved in the Covered Device Recycling Act 108, please visit the website for the PA Department of Environmental Protection here: http://www.depweb.state.pa.us/portal/server.pt/community/dep_home/5968