NEWS UPDATE
 
 
 
APRIL 21, 2016
 
 
 
 
PA DEP CLARIFIES ELECTRONICS RECYCLING LAW
DEP allows fee-based programs as an interim solution for television collection & recycling

Following a recent Joint Legislative Conservation Committee hearing focused on issues concerning the Covered Device Recycling Act (PA’s e-waste law), a group of concerned legislators wrote to the Secretary of the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) asking for clarification of a key DEP interpretation of the law.

In response, DEP Secretary John Quigley stated that recyclers of electronics may charge fees to cover recycling costs as long as they do not also charge manufacturers for the same material. Click here to read the letters.

As a result, PRC WILL RESUME ACCEPTING TVs AT COLLECTION EVENTS. 
​Read stories below for more details.

 
 
 
 
PRC to Resume Accepting TVs at Collection Events
Policy Change Allows PRC
​to Collect TVs for a Fee

The DEP's recent decision to allow fee-based programs to recycle TVs and other covered electronic devices enables PRC to resume collecting TVs at its five upcoming Hard-to-Recycle events. However, PRC now must charge a fee to cover the cost of recycling televisions​, and PRC leadership views the policy change as a stop-gap measure.

"We've worked with legislators, regulators and recyclers to find this solution, but we all understand that this is an interim solution at best," said PRC Western Regional Director Justin Stockdale.

"We are eager to work with DEP moving forward to find a more permanent solution," he said.  "In the meantime, the good news is that residents can once again drop off TVs at PRC's Hard-to-Recycle collection events.  We encourage individuals to make their voices heard by contacting legislators to ask for a permanent, free and convenient solution to the issue of TV recycling in Pennsylvania."

Click here to find a sample email message to send your state senator, representative and governor.
 
 
 
 
2016 Hard-to-Recycle Collection Schedule

PRC launched its 2016 Hard-to-Recycle 
program on April 16th in Allegheny County. 

Mark your calendar for the five upcoming collection events!  All events will take place from 9 a.m. - 1 p.m. — and ALL EVENTS WILL ACCEPT TELEVISIONS FOR A FEE.

UPCOMING EVENTS:
Saturday, May 14
Galleria at Pittsburgh Mills (Tarentum)
Saturday, June 25
ANSYS (Canonsburg)
Saturday, July 30
location to be announced
Saturday, August 20
Century III Mall (West Mifflin)
Saturday, October 1
The Mall at Robinson ​(Robinson Township)

ACCEPTED FOR FREE:  computers, cell phones, CFL bulbs, microwave ovens and expanded polystyrene.

FEE CHARGED:  televisions, monitors, tires, batteries, Freon appliances, A / V equipment, and a variety of other materials.
Click here for a complete list of materials accepted and associated fees.
 
 
 
 
 
PRC Website Features One-Stop-Shop for Understanding Electronics Recycling in PA

The Covered Device Recycling Act is a complex legislated framework. Visit PRC's website to learn more. Resources include:
        
        * BY THE NUMBERS facts & figures
        * SAMPLE LETTER to send to state senator, representative and governor
        * DIRECTORY of elected officials
        * ACT 108 in its entirety
        * COLLECTION SITE LIST of manufacturer supported drop-off locations
​        * OTHER COLLECTION PROGRAMS    

Click here to access this information and much more.
 
 
 
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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