No more E-cycling in York
YORK, Pa. — Due to problems created by the Pennsylvania State Law (Act 108) that requires the recycling of electronics, the York County Solid Waste Authority is forced to suspend Electronics Recycling in York County until further notice. This suspension also applies to municipal satellite programs including York City.
Act 108 has created an imbalance of supply and demand which makes it economically prohibitive for electronics recycling vendors to operate in Pennsylvania. This situation has been happening across Pennsylvania and has resulted in many PA counties discontinuing their electronics recycling programs. The Authority HAD secured an electronics recycler for 2016, but on December 17, 2015 they informed the Authority they would not be able to service the program.
So What Can You Do?
- Residents and businesses should hold on to electronic devices until a new program can be implemented. The Authority is working on a sustainable solution to address the proper management of electronics waste. Specific electronics waste currently banned from PA waste disposal facilities include: televisions, desktop and laptop computers, computer monitors and computer peripherals (anything that connects to a computer such as a mouse, keyboard, printer, etc.). This disposal ban, coupled with the insufficient funding mechanisms for recycling established in the law, have together undermined the economic viability of electronics waste recycling in Pennsylvania. The Authority is working with state officials to encourage changes to the Act to enable sustainable recycling of electronics in York County. Residents can check with Best Buy to determine which electronic devices they may accept in the meantime.
- Act 108 needs to change. PLEASE voice your concerns by contacting the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection at 717-787-7382 and your state legislative representatives.
- For more information on the issue you can go to ycswa.com or call the Authority at 717-845-1066.