PA Resources Council to resume collecting TVs
A policy clarification by the PA Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) allows the Pennsylvania Resources Council (PRC) to resume collecting televisions at its five remaining hard-to-recycle events in 2016.
“The good news is that residents can once again drop off TVs at PRC collection events; the bad news is that PRC now must charge a fee to cover the cost of recycling televisions,” said PRC Western Regional Director Justin Stockdale. “We’ve worked with legislators, regulators and recyclers to resolve this issue, and we all understand that this is an interim solution at best. We’re eager to work with DEP and the Legislature to find a permanent fix that provides free and convenient TV recycling to all Pennsylvanians.”
Following a recent Joint Legislative Conservation Committee hearing focused on issues of the Covered Device Recycling Act (CDRA), a group of concerned legislators wrote to DEP Secretary John Quigley asking for clarification of a key DEP interpretation of the law. In response, Secretary Quigley stated recyclers of electronics may charge fees to cover recycling costs as long as they do not also charge manufacturers for the same material.
“Pennsylvania’s current e-waste law, Act 108, makes it illegal to dispose of televisions in landfills,” said Mr. Stockdale. “With TVs making up nearly 75 percent of the 250 tons of electronics PRC recycled in 2015, we know a more lasting solution is needed.”
Individuals can drop off “e-waste” such as televisions, computers, cell phones, tires, Freon appliances, batteries and a variety of other items at the following PRC “hard-to-recycle” collections:
• May 14, Galleria at Pittsburgh Mills, Frazer Township, Allegheny County
• June 25, ANSYS, Inc., Canonsburg, Washington County
• July 30, location to be announced
• August 20, Century III Mall, West Mifflin, Allegheny County
• October 1, The Mall at Robinson, Robinson Township, Allegheny County
For a complete list of “hard-to-recycle” items accepted and associated costs, visit http://www.prc.org or call PRC at 412-488-7490 x243.