Pennsylvania gets tough on electronic waste, Philly wins national recycling award

Image via staples.comMayor Michael Nutter and Governor Tom Corbett may not always see eye-to-eye, but they can agree on one thing: more recycling.

As of January 24, Pennsylvania has implemented provisions for handling electronic waste, which when improperly disposed can leach heavy metals and toxins into our land and water supply. This Governor’s Covered Device Act, a bipartisan effort signed into law over two years ago, most notably bans the disposal of televisions, computers and other common household electronics in state landfills. Electronics manufacturers and municipalities must now provide Pennsylvanians with easily accessible drop-off points for their old electronics and process them in specially certified recycling facilities. Garbage trucks will no longer accept electronic waste.

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