The current law had unintended consequences.
Unfortunately, the impact of Act 108 has created a supply and demand imbalance that makes it cost-prohibitive for electronics recycling vendors to operate in Pennsylvania. According to a letter from the Electronics Recyclers Association of PA (ERAP), “The Pennsylvania E-Scrap Recycling Industry is shrinking, not growing” because there is not enough financial support from electronics manufacturers to cover collection, transportation, and recycling. As a result, electronics processors are closing sites or opting out of service.
Some examples of this industry on decline in Pennsylvania include:
- Over 20 regional recycling sites are closing in western Pennsylvania;
- Two counties in south central Pennsylvania have lost service;
- Underserved counties include the five (5) county area surrounding Philadelphia;
- Collection locations are absent from the majority of the Route 79 corridor from Butler County to Erie County, and many of the rural counties throughout the Commonwealth.
Bottom line, without resources to recycle electronic devices conveniently, you, the consumer, are put at a disadvantage — and stuck with e-waste in your home that you do not want.
Forecast: The worst is yet to come.
In communities across the state, a growing number of desperate (and irresponsible) residents are resorting to illegal dumping of e-waste. Keep Pennsylvania Beautiful has noted, in particular, an increase in TVs and computer monitors dumped along roadsides, in forested areas and in vacant lots.
Illegal dumping of any waste is harmful to the environment and costly to surrounding communities, with the average community cleanup costing around $3,000. To make matters worse, electronic devices contain lead, cadmium and mercury that, if not properly managed or contained, may become hazardous waste and pose a threat to human health and the environment.
We’re taking action on behalf of all Pennsylvania citizens.
If you’re like most Pennsylvanians, you want to do the right thing and dispose of e-waste properly. But Act 108 needs to change.
Keep Pennsylvania Beautiful is calling on our legislators, original equipment manufacturers, electronics processors and government agencies to work together to ensure every Pennsylvania resident has access to convenient and affordable waste disposal and recycling options.
On June 21, 2016, a Joint Letter to the General Assembly was sent calling on legislators to consider corrective alternatives to the Covered Device Recycling Act (CDRA), Act 108 of 2010 and proposed amendment HB 1900. This letter asked the General Assembly to review and consider the below document that explains concerns, but also offers a comprehensive sustainable solution. The recommendations were authored by industry and policy experts and supported by a broad coalition of stakeholders that includes county and local governments. The joint letter was signed by the Pennsylvania Recycling Markets Center, Professional Recyclers of Pennsylvania, PA Keystone Chapter of SWANA, the Electronics Recyclers Association of Pennsylvania and Keep Pennsylvania Beautiful.