Hard To Recycle Collections
PRC hosted its first Hard to Recycle collection event in Pittsburgh in the spring of 2003. This program has grown to include collections events at both ends of the Commonwealth which have collected over 2,500,000 lbs of electronics alone.
In 2015 PRC East was forced to end its Hard to Recycle program as the unintended consequences of Pennsylvania enacting the Covered Device Recycling Act in 2010 including a shrinking group of recyclers able to support these events.
In 2016, PRC West is facing the same challenges as the manufacturers of electronic devices continue to under-fund their obligations under CDRA. This direct challenge has been compounded by falling commodity prices for the materials recovered from old electronics.
These events are based on PRC’s goal of providing a safe and responsible outlet for household products that are not commonly accepted in traditional recycling programs. While electronic scrap has been our focus, these events have expanded to accept a wide range of materials. In all cases, PRC will only include a material if we can find an outlet which meets the highest standards for environmental care. Our partners who recycle the collected electronics, eLoop and ECOvanta are Basel Action Network e-Stewards. As certified e-stewards, they adhere to the highest industry standard for recycling responsibility which ensures no disposal in landfills or incinerators, no prison labor, nor any export of toxics to poor communities. PRC is committed to ensuring the materials we collect are recycled meeting the highest environmental and social standards!
Information for our collection events can be
found at the following links
Eastern PA HERE
Western PA HERE