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New law: Don't toss electronics with the trash.
Pike County Courier ^ | January 24th, 2013 | Not Cited

Posted on 01/26/2013 2:16:35 PM PST by RBW in PA

MILFORD — The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) is reminding consumers and businesses that they are no longer be able to throw away their electronic devices with their trash.

Passed in 2010, the Pennsylvania Covered Device Recycling Act requires that consumers and businesses not dispose of covered devices, such as computers, laptops, computer monitors, televisions and tablets with their trash. This means that trash haulers will no longer take covered devices unless the municipality has a curbside electronics collection program that ultimately sends the devices to an electronics recycler. The law took effect Jan. 24.

“This law is an important step toward further reducing the amount of waste disposed in our landfills,” DEP Secretary Mike Krancer said. “There will be a host of positive impacts from this law, such as deriving economic benefits from precious metals found in electronics, eliminating heavy metals in the environment and encouraging environmental stewardship.”

Under the new law, the covered devices and their components must be properly recycled and may not be taken to, or accepted by, landfills or other solid waste disposal facilities for disposal.

The law also requires that manufacturers of the covered devices provide for the collection, transportation and recycling of these devices by establishing one-day events, permanent collection programs or mail-back programs for consumers. This is offered to consumers at no cost. Manufacturers must work with an electronics recycler that is properly permitted and certified to handle and process electronic waste.

Manufacturers must register their covered device brands with DEP and attach brand labels to those devices. Additionally, retailers who sell electronic covered devices may only sell devices with a manufacturer’s brand that is registered with DEP.

Consumers can also continue to recycle their electronics through a county or municipal electronic recycling program, if one is available. It is recommended that before taking any electronics to collection points or drop-off locations, consumers should first contact that location to see what types of electronics they accept.

Consumers can find more information on registered manufacturers and where to recycle their covered devices at www.dep.state.pa.us, keyword: Electronics Recycling.

Additional recycling information is available from county recycling coordinators, whose contact information can be found on DEP’s website, keyword: recycle, or through the Recycling Hotline at 1-800-346-4242.


TOPICS: Business/Economy; Government; US: Pennsylvania
KEYWORDS: electronics; goodwill; landfill; paelectronics; pennsylvania; rareearthmetals
This is offered to consumers at no cost, Yeah Right!

1) manufacturers of the covered devices provide for the collection, transportation and recycling of these devices.

2) Manufacturers must work with an electronics recycler that is properly permitted and certified to handle and process electronic waste.

3) Manufacturers must register their covered device brands with DEP and attach brand labels to those devices.

1 posted on 01/26/2013 2:16:46 PM PST by RBW in PA
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To: RBW in PA

Both Goodwill & VOA will take items locally.


2 posted on 01/26/2013 2:18:59 PM PST by Sacajaweau
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To: RBW in PA

Uh huh! It’s a back door tax.

I don’t know how much dreadfully harmful stuff such items leach into the ground surrounding modern landfills. But they are constructed better today than in the past.


3 posted on 01/26/2013 2:18:59 PM PST by HiTech RedNeck (How long before all this "fairness" kills everybody, even the poor it was supposed to help???)
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To: RBW in PA

So now you need to wrap ‘em in wet newspaper and put ‘em in a yard size leaf bag? Got it.


4 posted on 01/26/2013 2:21:32 PM PST by DesertRhino (I was standing with a rifle, waiting for soviet paratroopers, but communists just ran for office.)
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To: RBW in PA

If you have any pre-1990 turntables, amplifiers, reel-to-reel tape decks, tuners, or receivers, there are many collectors and restorers who will buy them from you.


5 posted on 01/26/2013 2:21:39 PM PST by proxy_user
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To: Sacajaweau

That works unless you want to pitch something that really is trashed and un-donateable, like an electronic thingamabob that burned out. Now you’re stuck with an orphan hunk of junk. I’m not highly persuaded that such items are significant hazards to the health of humans or wildlife. It would make more sense to engineer a route between the garbage man and Goodwill (and the like) and let the rubbish collection customer set out what they will.


6 posted on 01/26/2013 2:21:39 PM PST by HiTech RedNeck (How long before all this "fairness" kills everybody, even the poor it was supposed to help???)
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To: RBW in PA

somebody got a law passed to make some money.

The new American Way.

Find something to get regulated and

Make sure your business is the only place to go in order to obey the regulation.


7 posted on 01/26/2013 2:23:07 PM PST by Chickensoup (200 million unarmed people killed in the 20th century by Leftist Totalitarian Fascists)
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To: RBW in PA

It’s in my contract with my trash hauler (private) that I not put anything electronic in my trash, however the guys that pick it up told me they didn’t care what I put in the trash, they said the state requires that they put that clause in the contract (Illinois).

Oh yeah, they did say they’d rather I didn’t put any human remains in there.


8 posted on 01/26/2013 2:25:40 PM PST by Graybeard58
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To: HiTech RedNeck

None of the electronics I donated worked. G & VOA work with recycle folks.


9 posted on 01/26/2013 2:26:34 PM PST by Sacajaweau
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To: DesertRhino

No what you do is set it out and put a for sale sign on it with price and someone will steal it, a friend of mine couldn’t get the city to pick up his old washer and dryer did what I said, they were gone in a day.


10 posted on 01/26/2013 2:27:29 PM PST by boomop1 (term limits will only save this country.)
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To: RBW in PA
I'm so glad I left Pennsylvania long, long ago. My trash goes anywhere I choose to put it. I will not have a nanny state tell me what to do. My guns! My trash! My freedom!

And Rush Limbaugh is right (as usual) when he explained that Recycling is a Meaningless Scam.

By the way, I'm looking forward to the upcoming "Earth Day" in a few months. My next door neighbor and I fire up every motorized vehicle and machine we can think of, turn on all the lights and have a big barbeque with lots of meat and mesquite. The guy across the street, a Yankee from Nashua, NH, sure gets steamed! You should have see him when we planted our Confederate flags in our yards on Martin Luther King day earlier this week. He's one of those elitist whose hybrid sports the stupid "Co-exist" bumper sticker and brazenly refuses to embrace our Conservative Texas values. We do no violence against him but we sure do love to tweak him and his liberal ways.

11 posted on 01/26/2013 2:28:02 PM PST by re_nortex (DP...that's what I like about Texas.)
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To: RBW in PA

There will always be boating accidents! :)


12 posted on 01/26/2013 2:29:43 PM PST by HomeAtLast ( You're either with the Tea Party, or you're with the EBT Party.)
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To: RBW in PA

What I’ve found is that if you put out anything of this nature, the trash pickers will get it long before the municipal trash truck arrives. The lifespan of anything that has scrap value on the curb around here is a few hours.

This is what the law considers a “covered device”:

“A covered computer device and covered television device marketed and intended for use by a consumer.

Covered computer device - A desktop or notebook computer or computer monitor or peripheral, marketed and intended for use by a consumer.

Covered television device - An electronic device that contains a tuner that locks on to a selected carrier frequency and is capable of receiving and displaying television or video programming via broadcast, cable or satellite, including, without limitation, any direct view or projection television with a viewable screen of four inches or larger whose display technology is based on cathode ray tube, plasma, liquid crystal, digital light processing, liquid crystal on silicon, silicon crystal reflective display, light emitting diode or similar technology marketed and intended for use by a consumer primarily for personal purposes.

Peripheral - A keyboard, printer or any other device sold exclusively for external use with a computer that provides input into or output from the computer. “


13 posted on 01/26/2013 2:32:04 PM PST by Fresh Wind (The last remnants of the Old Republic have been swept away.)
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To: RBW in PA

more stupid laws


14 posted on 01/26/2013 2:35:40 PM PST by GeronL (http://asspos.blogspot.com)
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To: re_nortex
The guy across the street, a Yankee from Nashua, NH, sure gets steamed!

So what the heck is a New England Liberal doing in Texas?

Is he a two faced tax refugee? (I don’t want to pay taxes but I want you pay for implementing all of my Leftist ideals)

Or is he a technology transplant that came to Texas for a job that could never exist in NH because of regulations or prohibitive tax schemes?

15 posted on 01/26/2013 2:36:23 PM PST by Pontiac (The welfare state must fail because it is contrary to human nature and diminishes the human spirit.)
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To: RBW in PA

That’s the glory of dumpsters, nobody knows who chucked what even if they can see it, and they’re probably hauled by a private company. Know where you neighborhood dumpsters are, they’re handy.


16 posted on 01/26/2013 2:40:50 PM PST by discostu (I recommend a fifth of Jack and a bottle of Prozac)
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To: RBW in PA

Probably just a way to get their customers to do the labor intensive presorting so they can sell it by the ton to the chinese, who incidently set fire to the whole thing, creating monstrous clouds of toxic smoke, then have unskilled labor sort through the smouldering mess for copper and other valuable materials.


17 posted on 01/26/2013 2:42:11 PM PST by SpaceBar
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To: RBW in PA

18 posted on 01/26/2013 2:48:27 PM PST by Revolting cat! (Bad things are wrong! Ice cream is delicious!)
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To: Pontiac
So what the heck is a New England Liberal doing in Texas?

Is he a two faced tax refugee? (I don’t want to pay taxes but I want you pay for implementing all of my Leftist ideals)

Or is he a technology transplant that came to Texas for a job that could never exist in NH because of regulations or prohibitive tax schemes?

It's the latter. He's been here for 15 years and is still considered the n00b in our neighborhood since the rest of us have been here for 17 years! :-) I'll admit that we when limit our conversations to only technology, he's a relatively decent chap and, admittedly, he does know his stuff.

Still, you'd think after a decade and half, this New England high-tech transplant would have embraced at least some of the Texas culture and Conservative values. But, he steadfastly clings to his Yankee ways. I'm from Pennsylvania originally but I guarantee you when I came to Texas, I assimilated thoroughly and quickly, making a point to lose that funny accent characteristic of Western Pennsylvania. Thus guy, on the other hand, still talks with that Kennedy-esque dialect and when we do chat with him, he always tell us how much better things are back in Nashua.

Summer 2011 was pretty brutal here with the long streak of 100+ degree days. We were hoping that would have sent him packing since he always complains about how he misses the snow. But no...things are too good here in ol' Redneck, Christian, gun-totin' Texas so he stays...and stays...and stays...

19 posted on 01/26/2013 2:48:41 PM PST by re_nortex (DP...that's what I like about Texas.)
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To: RBW in PA; a fool in paradise

20 posted on 01/26/2013 2:49:27 PM PST by Revolting cat! (Bad things are wrong! Ice cream is delicious!)
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To: RBW in PA

Here in the unenlightened exurbs of Charlotte, we take the attitude that if it fits in the rollout bin, the (private) trash-haulers will dispose of it. Just what do they do with my old electronics? I don’t ask, they don’t tell.


21 posted on 01/26/2013 2:53:57 PM PST by southernnorthcarolina ("Better be wise by the misfortunes of others than by your own." -- Aesop)
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To: RBW in PA

Do what I do with crap the trash won’t pick up - get a shovel and bury it in your back yard. Ashes to ashes, dust to dust.


22 posted on 01/26/2013 3:00:28 PM PST by crusty old prospector
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To: boomop1

That’s what happens here. For our 3rd week of the month bulk trash pickup I sometimes put out old electronic items I don’t want to mess with and are not worth selling. Most items are picked up before the City trucks roll by.


23 posted on 01/26/2013 3:06:43 PM PST by ken in texas (I was taught to respect my elders but it keeps getting harder to find any.)
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To: RBW in PA

MORE STUFF FOR MOSS PAWN AND GUN!!!!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jbmUnF1tTnM

Have a nice day!


24 posted on 01/26/2013 3:11:27 PM PST by Terry L Smith
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To: proxy_user
If you have any pre-1990 turntables, amplifiers, reel-to-reel tape decks, tuners, or receivers, there are many collectors and restorers who will buy them from you.

They've been doing this recycle stuff in California the last few years (at least in the SF Bay Area). There's a surcharge on new electronics, so nothing is free. They hold regular one-day pickups of electronics. The stuff is not automatically trashed! It's big business for recyclers who contract to gather the stuff from citizens. They thank citizens for handing it over, because it's easy money to be made from it. It's sorted, and much of it is resold to collectors and hobbyists. I have found many bargains by dealing with recyclers, for instance buying in lots of items where reselling a single item on eBay can pay for the lot. So, many of these items supposedly going to the trash do end up in the hands of collectors. The crap left over is shredded for recycling.

25 posted on 01/26/2013 3:20:07 PM PST by roadcat
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To: Graybeard58; Revolting cat!; Slings and Arrows
Oh yeah, they did say they’d rather I didn’t put any human remains in there.

Sigh. Nobody wants the leftovers.

26 posted on 01/26/2013 3:23:43 PM PST by a fool in paradise (America 2013 - STUCK ON STUPID)
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To: RBW in PA
I just disassembled several laptops and scavenged for useful parts. The remaining pieces of plastic and circuit board and broken screen would be tough to even identify especially when mixed in with other trash.
27 posted on 01/26/2013 3:29:14 PM PST by steve86 (Acerbic by Nature, not NurtureĀ™)
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To: DesertRhino
lol...yes. ...or you can take them to Goodwill. They will take computers and TV's to either reuse or recycle. Goodwill donation acceptance guidelines
28 posted on 01/26/2013 4:27:56 PM PST by Girlene
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To: steve86

There is gold in computer stuff - connector contacts.


29 posted on 01/26/2013 4:53:04 PM PST by Leo Carpathian (FReeeeepisssssed)
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To: RBW in PA

Where I is, about every street there is someone with a truck doing metal recycling, and they even took a basketball hoop of mine!


30 posted on 01/26/2013 6:06:26 PM PST by daniel1212 (Come to the Lord Jesus as a contrite damned+destitute sinner, trust Him to save you, then live 4 Him)
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To: RBW in PA
The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) is reminding consumers and businesses that they are no longer be able to throw away their electronic devices with their trash.

Because they don't work for us; we work for them.

31 posted on 01/26/2013 7:05:10 PM PST by marron
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To: roadcat

We down here in So. Calif. (Ventura County) have had electronic recycling for many years.
There are regular annnouncements of Community Day Recycling, say, at City Hall or the Community Center.

Our housing tracts have small-to-smaller yards, so no disposing of anything except maybe for a small pet rat
or two - - -


32 posted on 01/26/2013 7:55:13 PM PST by USARightSide (S U P P O R T I N G OUR T R O O P S)
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To: RBW in PA; a fool in paradise
I take a perverse pleasure in throwing used batteries in trash, violating again at least one law knowingly, in addition to breaking a dozen others every day unknowingly. It's my revolutionary anarchist subversive gesture against the fascist government of Marxists, against the red greenies, and against political correctness. I even hope it is considered Rassiss to do so! There!


33 posted on 01/26/2013 8:01:12 PM PST by Revolting cat! (Bad things are wrong! Ice cream is delicious!)
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To: RBW in PA

A couple months ago my county had one of these electronics collection days, and the line of traffic was half a mile down the highway. So I turned around and went home to smash the stuff up, jam it in a “contractor bag”, and leave it for the trash collectors.

The scumbags pass a law like this, they better think it through.


34 posted on 01/26/2013 8:05:27 PM PST by Lancey Howard
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To: Revolting cat!

LOL!
Last week I replaced one of those piggy tail government light bulbs and my wife said I wasn’t supposed to throw it in with the regular trash. So I threw it in with the regular trash and said, “Let Ubama and the scumbag Democrats worry about the trash.”


35 posted on 01/26/2013 8:08:05 PM PST by Lancey Howard
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To: Lancey Howard

These leftists aim to make us into a Third World rathole. Segregated recycling, bacteria breeding reusable cotton shopping bags, low flow toilets that you have to flush twice to flush (I’ve got one), next we’ll be making musical instruments out of discarded oil drums, and playing them while sitting on milk crates.


36 posted on 01/26/2013 8:26:26 PM PST by Revolting cat! (Bad things are wrong! Ice cream is delicious!)
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To: USARightSide
We down here in So. Calif. (Ventura County) have had electronic recycling for many years.

Good. I'm harsh on government for many things they do, but I think the electronic recycling makes some sense. I felt much better about it once I learned that the people contracted to do the collecting, were repurposing stuff and putting it in the hands of collectors such as myself. I just think it's a shame to shred perfectly good vintage electronics. There's a recycling center ten miles away where I pick up stuff I buy from them. I replace components in vintage computers and make them good as new, and resell them. Couldn't afford to do it without being able to buy components cheaply. For instance, getting a lot of ten hard drives average cost each $1.50 when a single one costs $40 or more on eBay. The vintage stuff is no longer available new, and the old machines won't work with newer stuff (at least not without a lot of customizing - expensive).

37 posted on 01/26/2013 10:54:53 PM PST by roadcat
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To: RBW in PA

In other words we want to review your hard drives first?


38 posted on 01/26/2013 11:53:25 PM PST by cva66snipe (Two Choices left for U.S. One Nation Under GOD or One Nation Under Judgment? Which one say ye?)
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To: DesertRhino
So now you need to wrap ‘em in wet newspaper and put ‘em in a yard size leaf bag? Got it.
39 posted on 01/27/2013 3:49:59 AM PST by trebb (Allies no longer trust us. Enemies no longer fear us.)
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To: RBW in PA

They probably want to get their hands on this stuff to refurbish it and hand it out as Obamaphones and stuff.

Smash it good when you get rid of it.


40 posted on 01/27/2013 3:53:22 AM PST by dforest
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To: re_nortex
By the way,I'm looking forward to the upcoming "Earth Day" in a few months. My next door neighbor and I fire up every motorized vehicle and machine we can think of,turn on all the lights and have a big barbeque with lots of meat and mesquite.

I celebrate "Earth Day" by burning an old tire.

41 posted on 01/27/2013 7:40:49 AM PST by Rodamala
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To: roadcat

re. Electronic recycling.

(Excuse late reply) - - -

Good - glad everyone is satisfied.
Appreciate reading of your talent.


42 posted on 01/30/2013 9:28:23 PM PST by USARightSide (S U P P O R T I N G OUR T R O O P S)
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