New Law Regarding Recycling of Electronic Waste

Apr 12, 2013

By Jonathan H. Katz, Esq.
Hill Wallack LLP

 

As you may have heard, as of January 24, 2013 you can no longer dispose of many electronic items – such as televisions and computers – with your regular trash.

Signed into law in 2010 by former Governor Ed Rendell, the Pennsylvania Covered Device Recycling Act (the “CDRA”) bans the disposal of all “covered devices,” which include desktop computers; laptop computers; computer monitors; computer peripherals, such as printers, keyboards and mouses; tablets like iPads and Kindles; and televisions with viewable screens larger than four inches (both cell phones and PDAs are exempt from the law). As mandated by the CDRA, it will become illegal to dispose of any such covered devices in municipal landfills. Rather, all of that “e-waste” must be recycled.

New Jersey’s version of the CDRA – the Electronic Waste Management Act (the “EWMA”) – went into effect on January 1, 2011. As of that date, the EWMA banned the disposal of computers, televisions and other “covered devices,” prohibiting individuals from disposing of these items as regular solid waste.

Information regarding recycling of electronic waste in Pennsylvania can be found at this link

Information regarding recycling of electronic waste in New Jersey can be found at this link.

 


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