Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Recycling of computers & TVs now law in Pennsylvania

If you live in Pennsylvania, you soon will no longer be allowed to put your old television or desktop or laptop computer at the curb with your household trash. 

Under HB 708, which Governor Ed Rendell signed into law on November 24, these electronic products now must be recycled.

The new law requires manufacturers of computers and television to to register with the Department of Environmental Protection, pay a $5,000 annual registration fee, and individually or collectively develop a statewide program for their products' recycling.

“Our goal is to keep these cumbersome devices out of our landfills and to provide consumers and businesses employing 50 or fewer people with a safe means of disposal,” said bill sponsor Chris Ross (R-Chester County).   

DEP will maintain a list on its website of each manufacturer and the brands the manufacturer uses for devices covered under the act.  The new law, Ross says, goes into effect in 60 days.

Pennsylvania now joins a number of other states, including New Jersey, which ban the disposal of televisions and computers as solid waste and require manufacturers to provide for the recycling of the products.

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