York County e-cycling program extended through 2017

David Weissman
  • YCSWA approves contract extension to provide residents with free e-cycling through 2017.
  • Old electronics had piled up last year when the authority had to cancel the program December 2015-April 2016.
  • Electronics will be accepted in Manchester, Fairview and Penn townships.

With the holidays come new electronics, and York County residents will be able to dispose of their old electronics legally for free in the new year.

The York County Solid Waste Authority has approved a contract extension with its current vendor, ECOvanta, to provide residents with electronics recycling services through 2017, according to a news release.

Residential electronics will be collected at three locations: the authority's contractor parking lot on Black Bridge Road in Manchester Township, 1:30-4:30 p.m. every Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday; Fairview Township's Electronics Recycling Center, at 55 Fairview Road, 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Monday-Saturday April through October and 9 a.m.-noon Monday-Friday and 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. on first and third Saturdays of the month November through March; and Penn Township Recycling Drop-off Center, at 1020 Wilson Ave., 8 a.m.-4:15 p.m. Monday-Friday and 8 a.m.-3 p.m. on Saturdays.

Alliance Computers, 984 Loucks Road, accepts electronics for recycling at no charge to the customer except for CRT computer monitors ($4) and large TVs ($10). (John A. Pavoncello - The York Dispatch)

Last December, the authority had been forced to cancel the recycling program as the market for some precious materials used to make electronics bottomed out. A vendor that was to recycle e-scrap collected in York County backed out of the program because offering the service was cost prohibitive.

Pennsylvania's Covered Device Recycling Act requires that most electronic devices be recycled rather than thrown out as trash.

Electronics that must be recycled include televisions, desktop and laptop computers, computer monitors, computer peripherals — anything that connects to a computer such as a mouse, keyboard or printer — cellphones, vacuum cleaners, alarm clocks, irons and coffee makers.

Residents were forced to hold on to their old electronics until the authority secured a new contract with ECOvanta in April that lasted through the end of 2016.

The authority will be limiting the number of televisions accepted to five per visit in 2017, according to the release.

Local businesses, schools and organizations are not eligible to participate in the residential electronics recycling program and must make their own arrangements with a vendor to properly dispose of their electronics. A list of local vendors can be found at www.ycswa.com.