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Consumer electronic devices have become integrated into nearly every aspect of our daily lives. But rapid advances in technology and short product lives often render our devices obsolete. For example, the average lifespan of a moderately priced laptop computer is three to five years.

Electronic waste (e-waste) can have a negative impact on our environment if not properly disposed. The Covered Device Recycling Act (CDRA) requires manufacturers to provide recycling programs for televisions, desktop and laptop computers, and computer monitors and peripherals sold to consumers in Pennsylvania.

For more specific information regarding e-waste, and how you can become a good environmental steward by recycling your unwanted electronic devices, check out the Frequently Asked Questions section below. And you can always access our search toll by clicking the magnifying glass icon in the top right corner of the page.

Frequently Asked Questions

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Where can I recycle my used electronics?
Why can’t I just throw my old electronics into the trash?
  • Many types of e-waste contain harmful materials such as lead, cadmium, mercury, arsenic, and other toxic components. It’s vital that e-waste be properly recycled in order to prevent these harmful materials from contaminating our air, water, and land.
Can I donate my unwanted electronic devices?
  • If your electronic devices still work but are not being used, donation is a great option. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency website is a terrific resource for information on how best to donate unwanted electronics. Also check out the EPA’s Do The “PC” Thing flyer for more information on how to donate unwanted computers.
How can I generate less electronic waste?
  • When shopping for a new electronic device, incorporate their environmental attributes into your buying process. Always use a surge protector or power strip with all electronic equipment to avoid damage during power outages. Also considering purchasing used or re-furbished devices which are generally less expensive compared to new devices.