by Whitney Etter
If you’re trying to get rid of your old television, you may find that putting it curbside is no longer an option.
Effective Jan. 24, the Covered Device Recycling Act (CDRA), established a new recycling program for “covered devices,” which includes televisions, computers, printers and keyboards.
Starting a new recycling program sounds progressive, but essentially the new act states that covered electronics must be recycled separately from other curbside trash and recyclables (paper, plastic, aluminum, etc.). And in most cases, municipalities do not have established curbside e-recyclables pick up.
Because certain electronic devices contain valuable recyclable materials and potentially hazardous materials, having them sit in a landfill is both a waste and a danger. This new law helps conserve resources and protect your local environment.
In addition, CDRA puts heavier restrictions and fines on manufacturers who are not following proper recycling procedures.
“The most important thing is the landfill ban in place. There is no fine for residents if electronics are put curbside, but trash collectors will not dispose of them because they could get hit with a hefty fine,” said Georgia Kagle, Chief of Waste Reduction and Resource Management for the PA Department of Environmental Protection. “So don’t try to sneak an old cell phone with your regular trash or recycling!”
For the average consumer, this new law requires us to go the extra mile, literally, to recycle.
In order to e-recycle in Montgomery County, you will have to take your devices to e-waste collections:
- February 2 at Whole Foods in Jenkintown
- February 2 at Whole Foods in Plymouth Meeting
- February 9 at King of Prussia Mall
- February 16 at Upper Providence Township Administration Building
- February 23 at Abington Township Public Works Building
- March 9 at St. Helena’s in Blue Bell
- April 20 at Upper Dublin Township Building
- June 22 at Abington Township Building
- September 21 at Upper Dublin Township Building
- September 28 at Conshohocken Borough Building
- November 9 at Abington Township Public Works Building
Collections are typically open from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. For updated times, dates and addresses, visit the official Montgomery County’s Electronics Collections Program page.