Working to protect the environment since 1939
 
 
 
 
FEBRUARY 2016
 
 
 
 
TV Recycling at PRC Events
in Jeopardy
As the Covered Device Recycling Act (CDRA) of 2010 (Act 108) heads into its third full year of implementation, it has become apparent that the law has several big limitations. These problems could put an end to PRC’s vital service of accepting televisions at its 2016 collection events.

Let your state senator and representative know that you want them to support an amendment to the law that ensures all residents of PA have convenient and free access to recycling their TVs.
 
 
 
 
 
Only 25% of residents have access to free TV recycling
 
 
 
 
Of the 500,000 lbs
of e-waste PRC collected last year,
TVS made up
74%
 
 
 
 
Contact legislators asap and ask them to support amendment to ensure free TV recycling
 
 
 
 
 
PA E-scrap Recycling Options Continue to Shrink
Since the CDRA’s implementation in 2013, Pennsylvanians have become accustomed to hearing news of businesses and local governments being forced to stop collecting electronics and TVs. Some of the biggest announcements over the past few years:
Winter 2013-14 – Goodwill announces it will no longer accept TVs for recycling
Spring 2015 – five counties around Philadelphia report they were forced to suspend electronics programs as no recyclers were willing to support them
Summer 2015 – Construction Junction in Pittsburgh closes its doors to accepting electronics
Winter 2015-16 – York County shuts down all electronics collections sites
Winter 2015-16 – eLoop, a Pittsburgh-based recycler, announces it will no longer offer CDRA-supported recycling in western PA
Winter 2015-16 – Best Buy issues a news release announcing it will no longer accept TVs for recycling at its 37 PA stores
 
 
 
 
 
FACTS BEHIND THE STATE OF TELEVISION DISPOSAL IN PENNSYLVANIA
By the Numbers...
 
 
 
 
PENNSYLVANIA
25
states
including Pennsylvania
have legislation to keep
e-waste out of landfills.

5
states
including Pennsylvania
force recyclers to assume the responsibility and cost of recycling e-waste.
 
 
 
 
PRC
3,500
participants
attended 2015 PRC e-waste events. Attendance has doubled since 2012.

500,000
lbs. of e-waste
collected in only 1 year!
It took 11 years to collect the first one million lbs.
 
 
 
 
MANUFACTURERS
21%
of manufacturer collection locations
in 5 southeastern counties accept non-working TVs with no restrictions.

5-7
years
is the expected life cycle
of a television.
 
 
 
 
PENNSYLVANIA RESOURCES COUNCIL       prc.org       Robert Jondreau, Executive Director
Mario Cimino, Eastern Regional Director  |  Justin Stockdale, Western Regional Director
PRC East  |  3606 Providence Road  |  Newtown Square, PA 19073  |  610-353-1555  |  
infoeast@prc.org
PRC West  |  64 South 14th Street  |  Pittsburgh, PA 15203   |  412-488-7490  |  infowest@prc.org
 
 
                  
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