Covered Device Recycling Act Becomes Law

Legislation signed into law last year came into effect this month and establishes a recycling program for computer equipment and televisions.

The Covered Device Recycling provides for the proper disposal of desktop and notebook computers, monitors, and televisions used by small businesses and consumers for personal use. This applies to municipalities of more than 5,000 people.

“The goal of this legislation is to keep the ever growing number of computers and other electronic devices out of landfills. This law will make recycling electronics much more convenient for residents and small businesses, while allowing the manufacturers to develop recycling programs,” said Tomlinson.

Manufacturers are now required to register their brands with the state Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) within six months of the effective date of the legislation and to devise a plan to collect, transport and recycle televisions and personal computers.

DEP will maintain a list on its website of each manufacturer and the brands the manufacturer uses for devices covered under the act.  For more information regarding the Covered Device Recycling Act:

Covered Device Recycling Act

Division of Waste Minimization and Planning
Bureau of Waste Management
PA Department of Environmental Protection
14th Floor Rachel Carson State Office Building
PO Box 8472
Harrisburg PA 17105-8472

Where to Recycle


Fran Cleaver
(717) 787-5072