Electronics Recycling Center
Cumberland County’s electronics recycling center is located at 1001 Claremont Road in Carlisle (click here to view map). Check out the Frequently Asked Questions below for more information. Please do not disassemble TVs - we cannot accept them for packaging and transportation reasons! We only accept whole, intact TVs (must be in original casing).
Since opening in July 2017, we have received 1,885,100 pounds of electronics from 22,052 customers.
There is a charge of $0.50 per pound. Average customer weight/cost is 86 pounds/$43.00.
Tuesdays - 12 PM to 4 PM
Wednesdays - 12 PM to 4 PM
2nd and 4th Saturday of each month - 8 AM to 12 PM
September 23 is the next Saturday the center will be open.
If the County Courthouse and government offices close due to weather, the recycling center will close; otherwise, the center will be open. Click here for county closings and delays information.
Frequently Asked Questions
What are your fees and forms of payment?
Cash and credit/debit cards are accepted. Sorry, no checks. The cash fee to recycle electronics is $0.50/pound. There is an additional 2.3% convenience fee for credit/debit card users. Both types of cards have a minimum convenience fee charge of $1.00.
How will my total electronics recycling bill be determined?
All of your electronics will be weighed on a certified floor scale. The total weight of your electronics will be multiplied by 0.5 to determine your cash price. If using a credit or debit card, the cash price will be multiplied by 1.023 to arrive at your total bill. The minimum credit and debit card convenience fee is $1.00. The total weight of your electronics and the total bill will be presented to you before payment is accepted.
Will you offer refunds if I change my mind afterwards?
All sales are final. No refunds will be offered after payment is made.
When will you be open?
Current Days and Hours of Operation are as follows:
- Monday - CLOSED
- Tuesday - 12 PM to 4 PM
- Wednesday - 12 PM to 4 PM
- Thursday - CLOSED
- Friday - CLOSED
- Saturday - 8 AM to 12 PM (2nd and 4th Saturday of each month only)
- Sunday - CLOSED
Days and Hours of Operation will be evaluated regularly and are subject to change. The site will be closed on County Holidays and possibly during inclement weather.
What do you accept for recycling?
A complete list of acceptable electronics can be viewed here. Please note the list of unacceptable items as well.
Should I be worried about private or personal information on my computer?
Cumberland County will take steps to secure computers with hard drives and hard drives by themselves while in the possession of Cumberland County and awaiting transportation to our R2 certified recycler. Cumberland County cannot, however, 100% guarantee the security of such information. We recommend you erase all personal and private files from your computer or hard drive before turning it over to us.
Why are you charging a fee to recycle electronics when I already pay taxes?
Fees are required to pay for the costs of this program. Cumberland County has never used general fund tax dollars for its Recycling & Waste program expenses. Only those who choose to use the program will be required to pay for it through the fees that we charge.
Doesn't Pennsylvania have a law that requires electronics manufacturers to pay for recycling?
Yes, Pennsylvania has a law that requires electronics manufacturers to fund the recycling in a given year the total weight of products they sold two years ago. Recently manufactured electronics weigh considerably less than those made ten or more years ago. As a result, manufacturer recycling requirements decrease every year because the sales weight of newer electronics decreases. Meanwhile, most of the electronics recycling stream is comprised of older, heavier units that enable manufacturers to quickly meet their established weight-based recycling goals, after which they typically suspend their recycling efforts for the remainder of the year. In the end, manufacturer supported recycling programs do not meet the demand for electronics recycling in Pennsylvania. No electronics manufacturers have offered to support electronics recycling in Cumberland County.
Can I leave my electronics behind if no one is there?
Absolutely not! Leaving electronics at the recycling center during closed hours is considered illegal dumping. High resolution security cameras have been installed in multiple locations around the facility to identify illegal dumpers. Illegal dumpers will be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law.
Who is eligible to use the electronics recycling center?
Anyone can use the facility. One benefit of a fee based site is source of material is not an issue. As long as the recycling fee is paid, it does not matter where the customer lives or whether the electronics are from homeowners, businesses, or institutions.
What if I have a lot of electronics?
The drop off of large volumes of electronics must be scheduled in advance. We would prefer to work with you to prepackage your electronics ahead of time versus showing up with a dump truck load of electronics that may take a while to sort through and weigh.
Why is the County doing this when other recycling opportunities (i.e. Best Buy, Staples) exist?
The County is primarily attempting to address the lack of television recycling opportunities Pennsylvania's electronics recycling law has created. Televisions are the most difficult and most expensive of the electronics to recycle. This is why it is so hard to find a place to recycle them. We will gladly accept the other electronics on our acceptable items list but want the public to know that recycling outlets for the other electronics may exist at better rates. Click here to view possible outlets for electronics other than televisions.
Why can't I just put my electronics in the trash?
Pennsylvania's electronics recycling law bans televisions and computer equipment from disposal as solid waste.
What happens to my electronics after I drop them off?
Electronics will be sorted into like materials and packaged on either pallets or in Gaylord boxes. Once a full load of electronics is obtained (18,000 pounds), the collected electronics will be sent to our contracted recycler, Sunnking, in Brockport, New York. Sunnking is certified to the R2 Standard. The R2 Standard provides a common set of processes, safety measures, and documentation requirements for businesses that repair and recycle used electronics. R2 is rigorously and independently audited, emphasizing quality, safety, and transparency.
Cumberland County Electronics Recycling History
Cumberland County was one of the first governmental agencies in Pennsylvania to offer a consumer electronics recycling program. The program, which began in 2001, consisted of drop-off events where residents could bring their consumer electronics for recycling. The historical results of that program are presented below.
Details of Pennsylvania's Electronics Recycling Law and Related Struggles
Pennsylvania passed the Covered Device Recycling Act (Act 108) in 2010, which required manufacturers to provide recycling programs for desktop computers, laptop computers, computer monitors, computer peripherals and televisions sold to consumers in Pennsylvania beginning in January 2012. Act 108 also states that, beginning January 24, 2013, desktop computers, laptop computers, computer monitors, computer peripherals, televisions, and any components of such devices may no longer be disposed in Pennsylvania with municipal waste. All of these devices are required to be properly recycled.
Act 108 is an Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR) law. EPR laws are designed to shift financial and management responsibility upstream to the manufacturer and away from the public sector. Unfortunately, Act 108 has produced a number of unintended consequences that threaten to undermine the very purpose the act hoped to serve. Bottom line, it has become more effective in many cases for electronics scrap recyclers to decrease services to stabilize revenue rather than expand business to Pennsylvania citizens. Click here for a full explanation of the factors which have led to this outcome.
If you are frustrated by the lack of free and convenient recycling opportunities for all types of covered devices, contact your local representative and senator. Please visit ewastepa.org for suggested talking points.
Visit our Specialized Items web page for possible other consumer electronics recycling opportunities. Please call to confirm given the rapidly changing landscape.
Consumer Electronics Recycling Program Historical Data
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