Pa.'s Impending Landfill Disposal Ban on Certain Electronic Devices

June 28, 2012
Bridgett L. Dorfman and Bryan P. Franey
The Legal Intelligencer

Electronic devices are everywhere these days. In our offices, we have multiple computer screens, CPUs, keyboards, telephones, smartphones and digital photo frames. At home, we have televisions, iPads, laptops, e-readers, cable boxes, appliances, video game systems and, for most, a stockpile of older and even obsolete versions of these devices.

Do you know what your options are for disposing or recycling these devices when they can no longer be used? Months from now, Pennsylvanians may have no choice but to recycle certain used electronic devices. On Jan. 24, 2013, a landfill disposal ban on "covered devices" goes into effect pursuant to the Covered Device Recycling Act, 35 P.S. Section 6031.101 (CDRA). This article provides a broad overview of the CDRA and discusses the potential impact of this impending disposal ban.

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