Pennsylvania residents can now on refer to a new government website-www.eWastePA dot org to learn how to properly manage their electronic waste such as old televisions, laptops, Pc monitors, and other waste electronics. The website was launched as a part of an initiative to Keep Pennsylvania beautiful.
According to “The Covered Device Recycling Act (Act 108)”, enacted in 2010, all covered devices such as televisions, computers, computer monitors and PC peripherals, will not be accepted at any Pennsylvania Solid Waste Disposal Facility. Hence, this prohibits residents from putting the old electronics out at the curb for the pick up by their waste hauler. The law also stipulates that recyclers cannot charge a fee to offset the cost of proper recycling as the cost of collection, transportation and recycling is to be borne by electronics manufacturer.
But the laws which were enacted earlier were not working and have created an imbalance of supply and demand causing many electronics collection programs to shut down leaving many consumers without means to recycle their old electronics.
According to the survey conducted by ‘Keep Pennsylvania Beautiful’ program some residents were holding on to the electronic devices until the old law was fixed. But most of them choose to dump the e-waste in alleys, over river banks, and alongside roadways.
These practices can prove hazardous and post as a threat to human health and environment. And that’s due to the fact that electronic devices contain harmful substances like lead, cadmium, and mercury.
In order to educate, empower and engage customers on e-waste recycling in Pennsylvania, the “Keep Pennsylvania Beautiful” program was launched and a website was created to act as a reference point to the residents of Pennsylvania.
The website http://www.eWastePA.org offers links to customers to recycling programs in their community. It also provides easy-to-use tools for consumers to advocate for access to convenient and affordable trash disposal and recycling in Pennsylvania by linking them with their local legislators as well as the original equipment manufactures that are responsible for carrying the cost of recycling of e-waste in Pennsylvania.
DNF Recycling is a responsible e-waste recycler in the state of California which works with similar motive.
Call 510.962.5012 or click on DNF Recycling web page to know more.