Pennsylvania has now joined many other states in enacting legislation that introduces an electronic-waste disposal ban to help protect the environment from the toxic waste that can harm land and groundwater. This e-waste, as it is often called, includes heavy metals like lead and mercury. These metals can leech out of the electronics once they are placed into landfills, and then end up in the ground, creating hazardous conditions.
The landfill disposal ban became active in January 2013. Many of the devices that are now banned from landfills—like televisions and computers—are commonly found in homes and businesses. They can no longer be thrown away. If you put out your electronics at the curb, your waste management company is now required to leave it at the curb.
Instead, e-waste must be brought to a recycling center that is authorized to handle the toxic materials within so that they can be disposed of properly and in accordance with the law. The electronic devices mentioned in the ban include:
- All televisions with viewable screens larger than 4 inches
- Desktop and laptop computers
- Tablets and e-readers including iPads and Kindles
- Hard drives
- Computer Mice
(Cell phones and PDAs are exempt from this law.)
If you have any questions about electronic waste, what items in your household or business are affected by this law, or how to recycle any of the items listed above, call Penn Waste Systems today!