In 2010, the PA state legislature passed a law banning many electronic devices – including televisions and computers – from landfills and incinerators. The law also requires that manufacturers of these devices pay the costs of providing residents with free and convenient recycling alternatives.
Since the law took effect in 2013, many unexpected consequences of Act 108 have resulted in the reality that while it is illegal to dispose of TVs and computers via traditional trash collection, most Pennsylvanians do not have access to free or convenient recycling options for televisions in particular.
While you may be able to find a free outlet for an old cell phone or computer, you will have to pay to recycle your old TV or monitor. Only a handful of locations in PA accept TV’s for recycling at no cost to the consumer, and these opportunities are shrinking every day. Manufacturers have found a way to avoid their responsibility for providing consumers FREE and CONVENIENT to all Pennsylvanian’s and have passed this cost onto consumers. Without manufacturer support, PRC is forced to charge for all TV’s, monitors and even printers to cover the costs they are legally obligated to pay for. You can learn more about recycling TV’s and other electronics with PRC at the following link: Hard-to-Recycle Collection Events
For questions, email Sarah Alessio Shea.