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SOURCE Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection
HARRISBURG, Pa., Dec. 18, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- This holiday season, many people will receive new TVs and computers, often as replacements for older electronics. DEP reminds Pennsylvanians to recycle unwanted electronics instead of throwing them in the trash. When electronic items are thrown away, they often end up in a landfill where heavy metals within the electronics, such as lead, cadmium and mercury, pose a threat to the environment.
"Recycling is a simple way for all of us to do our part in protecting our environment," DEP Secretary Chris Abruzzo said. "Let's make this holiday season a little bit greener by properly recycling our unwanted electronic devices."
On Jan. 24, 2013, Pennsylvania's Covered Device Recycling Act took effect, banning landfill disposal of certain electronics. Under this law, TVs, desktop and laptop computers, tablets, computer monitors and printers from residents and small businesses with fewer than 50 employees must be recycled.
The law also requires manufacturers to develop systems to recycle certain electronics. This puts the responsibility to recycle on the producer, making recycling easier for consumers.
There are several ways consumers can easily recycle electronic items:
For more information or to view a list of permitted recyclers, visit www.dep.state.pa.us, keyword: Electronics Recycling.
Media contact: John Poister, DEP, 412-442-4203
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