A new law makes it illegal to put electronics in the trash or out on the curb for pick-up. Garbage collectors will not haul them away. Anyone caught putting electronics in the regular trash could face a fine of up to $1,000.
The Covered Device Recycling Act requires that people who want to get rid of old electronics like computers and televisions must find an eCycling facility. Dauphin County's recycling center allows county residents to drop off their old electronics for free.
The facility handles more than 20,000 pounds of old and unwanted items each week. Computers and laptops are handled by a certified firm out of New York. The hard drives are swiped by Department of Defense standards and then shredded.