Electronics Recycling, Part 2- Act 108 the Covered Device Recycling Act (CDRA)

Happy New Year everyone! I just want to follow up on my last blog about electronics recycling. And to start this year off your year with learning about the new law that protects the environment and prohibits the disposal of certain electronics as trash. Please take a look at the following because it will most likely affect you or someone that you know, that is a tree hugger (I am dating myself here), or even normal like the rest of us too.

Act 108, the Covered Device Recycling Act (CDRA), was passed in 2010. A provision which bans all covered devices from landfills becomes effective January 23, 2013. The term covers desktop computers, monitors, laptops, computer peripherals and televisions. On and after this date, covered devices will no longer be accepted as trash.

CDRA requires a manufacturer of covered devices to register each of the brands they wish to sell in Pennsylvania with the Department of Environmental Protection. Under the CDRA, manufacturers must then take responsibility for recycling an equal amount (by weight) of all of the covered devices that they sell in Pennsylvania. In general, this Act requires proper recycling of all covered devices sold in Pennsylvania.

So if you are in PA this affects your business and you at home too. Call me if you need to recycle electronics, we will safely solve this situation and will recycle all your extinct electronics.


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New E-Waste Regulations for PA and NJ
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Well it has finally happened, both New Jersey and Pennsylvania have issued E-Waste Management rules. Now it is the Law to recycle these items; so for all those “J**ks” out there who have historically put this out with the trash, because it was just easy, it is time to “Change Your Evil Way’s Baby” . Now you will pay for it when you buy electronics, like it or not……. I can hear the complaints already.


Anyway, Rendell signed the law in November to take effect in Pennsylvania. Governor Ed Rendell has signed a bill mandating that electronics manufacturers fund and manage e-waste recycling programs in the state. The law also bans electronics from Pennsylvania landfills and requires retailers to provide customers with information about recycling the devices they purchase.

The Covered Device Recycling Act (HB 708) requires electronics manufacturers operating in the commonwealth to register with the Department of Environmental Protection of the Commonwealth and to pay a $5,000 annual registration fee, according to Campaign for Recycling, a Sacramento, Calif.-based nonprofit. Manufacturers also are responsible for collecting, transporting and recycling the devices they produce, with television and computer manufacturers being the primary focus of the law.

“The disposal of these electronic devices is potentially hazardous to the environment and while some manufacturers and communities have taken steps to address the disposal problem, there was no statewide solution until now,” said Rep. Chris Ross, sponsor of HB 708, in a press release. “This legislation will make recycling e-waste much more convenient for residents and small businesses, while allowing manufacturers the opportunity to develop recycling systems that are cost effective.”

New Jersey

New Jersey rules have been in effect for a year, these are covered under the Electronic Waste Recycling Act (Chapter 130, 2008) however beginning January 1, 2011 the collections actually begin.

January 1, 2010– TV manufacturers must register with DEP and pay an annual $5,000 fee.

January 1, 2010– Manufacturers and retailers may no longer sell covered electronic devices (TVs, computers and computer monitors) unless the device is labeled with the manufacturer’s brand and the label is permanently affixed and readily visible.

February 1, 2010- Computer and computer monitor manufacturers must register with the DEP and pay a $5,000 annual fee.

April 2, 2010- DEP provides return share data, in weight, to manufacturers.

June 1, 2010- Registered TV manufacturers must submit plans based on market share- Registered computer and computer-monitor manufacturers must submit plans based on return share.

January 1, 2011- Collection and recycling programs begin. – Disposal ban takes effect on all covered electronic devices.

If the success of these collections are anything like lamp recycling….. then there will be a big landfill of electronics very quickly! Low level of passion for recycling.

Jeffrey Fitch