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Electronics Recycling Management Program

Electronic discards include computers, monitors, televisions, audio equipment, printers, and other electronic devices. Consumer electronic products are characterized by rapidly evolving technology and a relatively short product life. Advances in technology for all electronic equipment soon renders them obsolete. The average lifespan of a computer is about three to four years.

Covered Device Recycling Act

The Covered Device Recycling Act (CDRA), Act 108 of 2010, requires manufacturers to provide recycling programs for desktop computers, laptop computers, computer monitors, computer peripherals and televisions sold to consumers in Pennsylvania. Other requirements also apply. Please see the links below. (Note to manufacturers – this does not include manufacturers of computer peripherals if the manufacturer does not make other covered devices).

Desktop computers, laptop computers, computer monitors, computer peripherals, televisions, and any components of such devices may no longer be disposed in Pennsylvania with municipal waste. All of these devices are required to be properly recycled. For more information regarding the CDRA requirements and environmental benefits of electronics recycling, please click on the appropriate link below.

Information for Businesses managing eWaste (PDF)

Manufacturer responsibilities under the CDRA

Retailer responsibilities under the CDRA

  • Retailer Fact Sheet 2520-FS-DEP4327 (PDF, under revision)

Information for Municipal Electronic Collection Programs

Requirements for Electronics Recycling Facilities:

Requirements for Haulers, Landfills, and Transfer Stations

  • Landfill, Hauler and Transfer Station Fact Sheet 2520-FS-DEP4329 (PDF, under revision)

CDRA Frequently Asked Questions (PDF)