WILKES-BARRE TWP. — So you made the switch to a flat-screen television this year and still have your old cathode ray tube model lying around.
Don’t worry, the decision’s already been made for you on how to get rid of it — recycle it.
It’s the law in Pennsylvania, so don’t throw it out with the trash.
Under the Covered Device Recycling Act manufacturers are required to provide recycling programs for a number of electronic devices sold to consumers.
Desktop computers, laptops, computer monitors and peripherals and televisions are on the list.
Advances in technology render many devices obsolete in a few years. The latest version is faster, more powerful and less expensive than an older model.
But the old ones can’t just be thrown away. They contain some materials that can be reused and others that are hazardous and don’t belong in a landfill such as cadmium, lead and mercury.
The state Department of Environmental Protection has plenty of information on electronics’ recycling, listing by county government, non-profit and private collection sites and materials that can be collected. And the DEP can help with the start-up and operation of municipal electronics collection programs.
The Luzerne County Solid Waste Authority holds annual collection events. Local Salvation Army stores in Hazleton, Wilkes-Barre and Hanover Township also have electronic collection sites.
Stores such as Staples and Best Buy will accept old covered devices too.
The local Best Buy in the Arena Hub Plaza, Wilkes-Barre Township, has a bin just inside the front entrance for small items such as wires, cables and controllers and rechargeable batteries.
Larger items can be dropped off inside.
A Best Buy representative said there is no charge to recycle. The store takes televisions with CRTs but the sets must be under 32 inches.
Flat-screen TVs must be under 50 inches. Computer towers and laptops are accepted. The hard drives will be removed for privacy purposes. Cellphones can also be recycled.
The representative said that there isn’t a big rush to recycle after the holidays, instead the store gets busier in the spring when people are cleaning out their homes. \
In addition to electronics, the store takes large appliances but there are some exceptions and it’s best to check what’s acceptable.