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Retailer Requirements

Note – This web page is intended to be a summary for retailers. Exclusion of information from this web page does not relieve a retailer of any duties imposed under the Covered Device Recycling Act or any other laws or regulations of the commonwealth.

The Covered Device Recycling Act establishes several requirements for retailers of covered devices, including the below information.

Selling Responsibilities [Section 302-303 of CDRA]

Sales Prohibition [Section 302]: Beginning Jan. 1, 2012, no retailer or Internet seller may sell a new covered device in Pennsylvania unless the brand is registered with the department. The department will post and maintain on its website a list (see below for links) of brands that are currently registered and brands that are not registered. A retailer may continue to sell a brand of covered devices that is no longer registered so long as the department listed it as a registered brand on the day the retailer ordered the devices. A retailer may also sell covered peripherals from a manufacturer if that manufacturer does not make laptop computers, desktop computers and televisions.

Labeling Requirement [Section 303]: Beginning Jan. 1, 2012, all new covered devices sold in the commonwealth must be affixed with a label that identifies the brand. New covered devices without brand labels may not be sold in Pennsylvania.

Educational Responsibilities [Section 306(a) of CDRA]

Retailers of covered devices are required to notify customers of how and where they can recycle their covered devices. The notification can come in any one or more of the following forms:

  • Posting the information regarding how and where customers can recycle their covered devices.
  • Posting and providing the Department's toll-free recycling hotline telephone number (800-346-4242).
  • Providing the Department's electronics recycling Internet website.
  • Providing retailer developed information.

Retailer educational programs must be in place by Jan. 1, 2012.

Fee Prohibition [Section 504 of CDRA]

No retailer may charge a fee or cost to a consumer for the collection, transportation or recycling of a covered device, unless a financial incentive (e.g. coupon, rebate or other) of equal or greater value is provided to the consumer.

Environmentally Sound Management Responsibilities [Section 505 of CDRA]

Beginning Jan. 1, 2012, any retailer that collects covered devices shall recycle those devices in a manner that is in compliance with all applicable federal, state, and local laws, regulations and ordinances, and may not export the devices for disposal in a manner that poses a significant risk to the public health or the environment. Retailers may not transfer those devices to an electronics recycling facility unless the facility has achieved and maintained one of the following certifications:

Visit our Electronics Recycling Facilities web page for a list of certified electronics recyclers.

Frequently Asked Questions (PDF)