York County e-recycling start date announced

Greg Gross
  • York County electronics recycling starts April 5
  • The program was suspended in December after a vendor backed out

Gather up your old televisions, computer monitors and coffee makers — electronics recycling in York County will re-start next week after a three-month hiatus.

The county's Solid Waste and Refuse Authority announced Tuesday the program will be held from 3 to 6:30 p.m. on Tuesdays, Wednesday and Thursday starting on April 5.

The free program is open only to York County residents.

Once it is restarted, e-scrap will be collected at the authority's yard waste site off Flour Mill Road in Manchester Township, according to a news release from the authority.

Satellite collection sites will also be set up in Penn and Fairview townships.

Details about Penn Township's site haven't been announced, but Fairview Township's will be located at its yard waste facility, 55 Fairview Road, starting Friday. Hours will be 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Saturday, said Don Martin, the acting township manager.

"We're glad they (the authority) were able to find a vendor," he said.

York County authority suspends electronics recycling

Shuttered: 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.

​"Pretty much anything with a plug we'll take," said Ellen O'Connor, spokeswoman for the Solid Waste and Refuse Authority, noting items that contain Freon won't be accepted.

Examples items that contain Freon include refrigerators, freezers, air conditioners and dehumidifiers, according to the authority.

The authority was forced to cancel the recycling program in December 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.

Best Buy, the electronics chain store, also canceled its electronics recycling program in the state earlier this year. The company imposed a new, nationwide recycling drop-off fee for televisions and computer monitors, but Pennsylvania law prevents such fees so it's doing away with the service here altogether.

The authority recently secured a new contract with Philadelphia-based ECOvanta to recycle e-scrap. That contract expires at the end of the year.

— Reach Greg Gross at ggross@yorkdispatch.com.