But local officials already have in place a new program that allows monthly free disposal of televisions and other large electronic items, said Cassie Dennis, environmental bureau manager with the city.
"It (the state law) puts the responsibility on everyone: the city, haulers and residents," she said. "We're trying to make it as easy as possible."
York city and the York County Solid Waste Authority will conduct free electronics recycling on the first Saturday of every month beginning this week. Collection will run from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Memorial Stadium on Vander Avenue.
Devices accepted include: televisions, computers and laptops, answering machines, compact disc players, microwaves, fax machines and phones. Standard electrical items such as toasters, razors and clocks are not a part of the program, nor is furniture and household waste.
All county residents are eligible to participate, and there is no fee. But those with a pickup load or more are asked to call ahead.
Dennis said that beginning on Jan. 24, the state's Covered Device Recycling Act prohibits collection at the curb of devices such as televisions and computers, and does not allow them in solid-waste disposal facilities. The city is not allowed to charge for their collection, and they must be recycled, she said.
Jim Gross, the city's public works director, said officials are working in advance to make the public aware of the change.
"Certainly we expect there to be a learning curve," he said. "We're trying to do our best from an education standpoint."
Dennis acknowledged the new rules could mean an increase in electronics dumped in city neighborhoods or left sitting outside. But she said the hope is that making weekly free service available will mitigate any such trouble.
"Really, it's not that far to go," she said.
York city 'E-cycling'
Electronics recycling will be available on the first Saturday of every month from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., at Memorial Stadium, 900 S. Vander Ave.
In addition to the monthly E-cycling program at the stadium, the York County Solid Waste Authority holds an electronics collection from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on the third Saturday of each month at its site on Flour mill Road in Manchester Township.
For more information visit www.ycswa.com or call 717-845-1066.