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Environmental Alert Involving Electronics

The Lackawanna County Office of Environmental Sustainability would like to advise all residents that as of January 24, 2013 landfills in Pennsylvania will no longer be allowed to accept electronics under the provisions set forth in the Covered Device Recycling Act (Act 108) of 2010. 

Items such as laptops, desktops, monitors, televisions, and computer peripherals will no longer be able to be collected via curbside pick-up or dumpster refuse.  Municipal and private haulers will not be able to dispose of these items in a landfill or other solid waste facilities.  The items must be recycled. 

Barbara Giovagnoli, the County’s community outreach coordinator and education specialist, noted that the Lackawanna County Recycling Center does accept these types of electronics free-of-charge on a daily basis.  This would be the most prudent and environmentally sound way to dispose of them.    

Another useful thought for these items would be to donate them to a school, nonprofit organization or a civic/religious group. 

The goals of Act 108 are to help protect the environment from hazardous components, illegal dumping and conserving landfill capacity and to get into the habit of recycling to save our natural resources.    

For further information on either Act 108 or recycling protocol, contact Ms. Giovagnoli at 570-963-2017, ext. 1.