Beginning January 24, 2013, the Covered Device Recycling Act (CDRA), Act 108 of 2010, bans the disposal of all covered devices regardless of whether they would be considered hazardous waste. Businesses may no longer landfill covered devices (including desktop computers, laptop computers, computer monitors, computer peripherals and televisions).
Electronic waste generated by a business is no different that any other type of waste. If the generator wishes to dispose of the waste, the generator must make a hazardous waste determination. In the case of most electronics, if they are properly recycled or reused, they are exempted from the hazardous waste stream and do not count towards generator status.
Beginning January 24, 2013, the Consumer Device Recycling Act (CDRA) bans the disposal of all covered devices regardless of whether or not they would be considered hazardous waste. Thus, businesses may no longer landfill covered devices or their components at that time, and must have those devices properly recycled or reused. Covered devices include desktop computers, laptop computers, computer monitors, computer peripherals and televisions.
How to Choose an Electronics Recycler
As with any other waste stream, companies should be careful about how and where their electronic material is recycled or reused. Selecting an electronics recycler is an important task. It is recommended that you find a company or organization that handles the material in a manner that meets your needs, is protective of human health and is environmentally responsible.
A growing number of recycling companies are obtaining certifications related to electronics recycling. Presently, the two major certifications are the Responsible Recycling (R2) Practices certification and the e-Steward certification. For more information on the certifications, please follow the appropriate link below.
Businesses are not required to choose an electronics recycler that has obtained an R2, e-Steward or other third-party certification. However, if the covered devices are recycled in Pennsylvania, the recycling facility must have obtained general permit #WMGR081 (Processing and beneficial use of electronic equipment and components by sorting, disassembling or mechanical processing).
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Visit DEP's electronics recycling facilities web page to view lists of permitted and certified electronics recyclers.