A new law that prohibits waste haulers from trashing some electronic devices has prompted York City and the York County Solid Waste Authority to schedule free monthly collections in the city.
Discarded devices will be recycled, according to a news release from the city.
The first collection will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at the parking lot of Memorial Stadium, 900 S. Vander Ave. Future collections in the city will take place on the first Saturday of each month.
The authority also accepts electronic devices every third Saturday from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m. at its facility on Flour Mill Road in Manchester Township.
Acceptable items include answering machines, CD players, fax machines, computer hard drives, laptops, mobile phones, modems, microwave ovens, pagers, personal computers, monitors, keyboards, printers, printed circuit boards, radios, remote controls, stereos, tape players, telephones, televisions and VCRs.
Cords should be wrapped securely, and owners are responsible for removing personal data.
Not accepted: Electrical equipment like toasters, hair dryers and electric razors are not appropriate for this collection. Household appliances and hazardous waste will also not be accepted.
All York County residents, businesses and nonprofits are eligible to participate, according to the news release.
Anyone planning to show up with a significant number of electronics should call the city at (717) 849-2245 in advance.
The recycling program is being funded by tipping fees collected at the York County Resource Recovery Center.
A new state law goes into effect Jan. 24, when it will become illegal to dispose of covered electronic devices in the trash. Such devices contain heavy metals like lead, cadmium and mercury, which should not mix with the curbside trash stream, according to the state Department of Environmental Protection.
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