Pennsylvania’s E-cycling Law
Beginning January 24, 2013, Pennsylvania’s “Covered Device Recycling Act” (Act 108) will impact how to manage certain electronic devices. Under the Act, “covered devices” include televisions, desktop and laptop computers, computer monitors and computer peripherals (anything that connects to a computer such as a mouse, keyboard, printer, etc.). Starting January 24, 2013 the Act prohibits the acceptance of these materials at all Pennsylvania solid waste disposal facilities and also prohibits residents from placing them at the curb for waste pick-up. Under the Act, waste haulers will NOT pick up electronic devices. York County residents and businesses must now recycle these devices.
The Authority offers an ongoing Electronics Recycling Program held the third Saturday of every month from 9AM to 1PM at the Authority's Yard Waste Transfer Facility located off of Flour mill Road in Manchester Township. Residents, businesses, non-profits and institutions are eligible to participate and may bring unlimited quantities of electronic devices. There is no fee to participate. In addition to the Authority’s E-cycling program, residents may also deliver a variety of electronic devices to Best Buy’s York store located at 2865 Concord Road, York, PA 17402. There is no fee.
York County municipalities are invited to piggyback onto this program by conducting satellite collections. To date, seven municipalities have opened their collection sites to all York County residents and businesses. Check the list below for more information.
If your municipality is not listed, please call your municipality directly to see if they are participating.
Location: The Authority's Yard Waste Transfer Site located on Flour Mill Road in Manchester Township. Follow signage from Blackbridge Road.
There is no fee to participate in the program. Residents, businesses etc. are responsible for removal of any personal data contained on electronic devices and computer hard drives.
E-cycling Accepted Items
Items accepted include answering machines, compact disc players, electric typewriters, fax machines, hard drives, laptops, mobile phones, modems, microwave ovens, pagers, personal computers (CPU, monitors, keyboards, mouse, and peripherals), printers, printed circuit boards, radios, remote controls, stereos, tape players, telephones/telephone equipment, televisions, and VCR’s.
Do Not Bring
Electric equipment (such as toasters, hair dryers, wall clocks, or electric razors) OR construction demolition, furniture, appliances (such as vacuum cleaners), white goods, or household hazardous waste.
Why is Electronic Waste a Potential Problem?
Electronic equipment contains lead, mercury, cadmium and chromium which have environmental consequences when disposed of improperly. One computer can contain up to as much as eight pounds of lead.
What Happens to the Electronics I Bring to the Event?
The Authority hires an outside vendor specializing in electronics recycling to manage the materials collected during this event. The vendor will harvest useable parts (circuit boards, power supplies, wood, plastic, and CRT glass); valuable metals (gold, copper, steel, aluminum); and potentially harmful components (lead, mercury and cadmium) and recycle them. Virtually all but one percent of the materials are recycled into new products.
How Can I Participate?
All York County homeowners or residential tenants as well as businesses, non-profits and institutions are eligible to participate in this program. In addition, homeowners and residential tenants who reside in a municipality that has contractually agreed to deliver waste only to the York County Resource Recovery Center may also participate. Those municipalities include Swatara Township, Highspire Borough, and McSherrystown Borough.
There is no fee to participate in the program, the Authority provides this service to York County residents and businesses as part of our integrated waste management system and a grant from the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection.
All York County residents and businesses are welcome to participate. Bring electronics to 55 Fairview Road, New Cumberland, PA 17070. Electronics recycling conducted year round Monday-Friday: 9AM to noon (except holidays). 2nd and 3rd Saturday in January 7:30AM-1PM. 1st and 3rd Saturdays in February-December from 7:30AM to 1PM. Call 717-901-5261 for more info.
All York County residents and businesses are welcome to participate. Electronics recycling conducted every Saturday 8AM to 3PM except holidays and Monday-Friday 8AM-4:15PM except holidays at the Penn Township Recycling Drop-off Center located at Heights Ave. (next to the township building) in Hanover, PA 17331. Call 632-7366 for more info.
All York County residents and businesses may participate. 190 Oak Road, Dallastown, PA 17313. Electronics accepted the third Saturday of the months of February, May, August and November from 7AM to 11:30AM. Call 741-3861 for more info.
Open to Hopewell Township residents only. 3336 Bridgeview Road, Stewartstown, PA 17363. Monday-Friday 8AM-4PM except holidays. Arrive before 3PM if you need help unloading electronics. Call 993-2027 for more info.
Lower Windsor Township
Open to Lower Windsor Township residents and businesses only. Maintenance and Recreation Area, 111 Walnut Valley Court, Wrightsville, PA 17368. Second Saturday of every month 7AM-10AM. Call 244-6813 for more info.
All York County residents and businesses may participate. 3345 Rosstown Road, Wellsville, PA 17365. Monday-Friday 9AM-5PM Call 432-9082 for more info.
Open to Township residents and businesses only. 970 White Oak Road, Windsor, PA 17366. Call Township for dates and hours at 717-244-3512.
Red Lion Borough
Open weekdays to Red Lion Borough residents and businesses only. Call 244-2567 for an appointment.
City of York
Open to York City residents and businesses ONLY. Memorial Stadium (access from Vander Avenue). First Saturday of every month 10AM -2PM.
Open to Shrewsbury Township residents and businesses ONLY. Proof of residency required. 11505 Susquehanna Trail South, Glen Rock, PA 17327. Monday-Thursday 8AM-3:30PM and Friday 8AM-11:30AM.
For more information, call the Authority at 717-845-1066