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Trashing Electronics in PA is Harder Now

As of Jan. 24, Pennsylvanians may no longer put even small electronics in the trash. Here are some places to take them.

It's not easy to throw away that old TV anymore...or a bunch of other small appliances that until Thursday were easily tossed in the trash.

As of Jan. 24, Pennsylvanians may no longer throw away electronic devices with their trash, according to the state Department of Environmental Resources.

Passed in 2010, the Pennsylvania Covered Device Recycling Act (CDRA) requires that consumers and businesses not dispose of covered devices, such as computers, laptops, computer monitors, televisions and tablets with their trash. This means that trash haulers will no longer take covered devices unless the municipality has a curbside electronics collection program that ultimately sends the devices to an electronics recycler," says a release on the DEP website.

In and around Macungie, businesses that will accept electronic waste include Radio Shack, Sears Hardware and Goodwill in Fogelsville.

Also, there will be a County Recycling Day on April 13. Entitled "Anything with a Plug," the event will again be held in three places: LCCC in Schnecksville, Olympus Corp. of the Americas in Upper Saucon Township and Lowes in Bethlehem.

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