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Your Trash Hauler Won’t Take Your TV, Computer

Certain electronics can now no longer be disposed of in landfills. Find out where to get rid of them.

Your trash company won't haul away your TV or computer equipment anymore.

Pennsylvania will no longer allow desktop or laptop computers, computer monitors, computer peripherals or television sets to be disposed of in landfills and incinerators.

This is the last major step in the Covered Device Recycling Act of 2010. The state law, the beginning of which took effect in 2012, mandates that manufacturers that sell electronics in Pennsylvania establish programs to recycle these electronics without charging the consumers an extra fee.          

“Municipal waste trucks will no longer be collecting these devices for disposal at landfills, so our customers need to get ready for this change. You won’t be able to put old computers or TV sets or computer peripherals at the curb to be taken to the landfill or the incinerator, nor will they be permitted to be mixed in with regular household recycling,” said Tim O’Donnell, president of the Pennsylvania Waste Industries Association in a press release.
         
You can always check your Patch calendar for e-cycling events or you can recycle your electronics at the following locations.

Chester County



Goodwill Keystone Area: 45 Marchwood Rd., Exton
Best Buy: 871 E Lancaster Ave., Exton

Delaware County


Goodwill Keystone Area: 725 South Chester Rd., Swathmore

Montgomery County

Montgomery County: 1430 DeKalb, Norristown
Elmwood Park Zoo Parking Lot: Norristown
Best Buy: 310 Goddard Blvd., King of Prussia


Click here for additional locations.



Heather G January 03, 2013 at 01:29 PM
Another option for donating computer equipment is Team Children (www.teamchildren.com) in Trooper. They refurbish the computers and provide them at a very low cost to families/children that need them. I have donated several computers, monitors, mice, etc. to them over the past few years. And they do provide a letter that provides justification for a tax write-off.
John Q. Public January 03, 2013 at 01:39 PM
Great idea, Heather. Most opportune, as I was going to sell some equipment, but this looks like a much better choice.
1 January 03, 2013 at 03:22 PM
Not for nothing but if you simply put this stuff in a heavy duty black trash bag in your can, they will take it. Do you really think the garbage man is going to start ripping open bags looking for this stuff? Not suggesting that people do this though. Recycling is always the best bet.
Eileen Gilkenson January 03, 2013 at 05:01 PM
Saturday January 12 from 10-2PM you can bring recycling electronics to the Valley Green Bank in Chestnut Hill. There is absolutely NO REASON to put them in the trash! Let's all please act responsibly for the sake of our environment.
Lucy Bennett (Editor) January 03, 2013 at 08:01 PM
Thanks Heather. Great idea.
jk January 03, 2013 at 09:39 PM
I usually just try to find a dumpster at night to dispose of stuff like this.
Lucy Bennett (Editor) January 03, 2013 at 09:49 PM
No one can force anyone to recycle. There are always ways to get around it. But, other than the benefits of not filling our landfills, the DEP says the reason for the electronic recycling is that parts of these products, if not properly handled, can become hazardous waste.
James Evert February 20, 2013 at 04:19 PM
I tried to take my old televisions to Goodwill in Berwyn, but was told they no longer accept television donations. Ended up recycling them at Best Buy in KOP.
James Evert February 20, 2013 at 04:20 PM
Lol - I used to do that in college... works like a charm!

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