Santa's sack was probably a bit lighter this year as electronics weighing less than a few pounds replace the monoliths of yore.

But gift recipients might want to rethink the catharsis of lugging their outdated, heavier devices to the curb for trash pickup.

The state's Department of Environmental Protection is reminding consumers that, come Jan. 24, it will be illegal to dispose of covered devices such as computers, laptops, monitors and televisions, in the trash.

Cellphones are excluded, but trash haulers will no longer be able to take covered devices, which contain heavy metals such as lead, cadmium and mercury and other materials that shouldn't mix with the curbside trash stream, according to the DEP.

People who want to dispose of the devices may continue to donate them to charities or recycle them.

York County sites: The York County Solid Waste Authority facility on Flour Mill Road in Manchester Township is one of several sites in the county that offer free recycling of the devices, having processed tons of them since the popular program was launched in 2009.

The authority accepts items every third Saturday from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m. at the Yard Waste Transfer Facility on Flour Mill Road in Manchester Township.

---The authority also collects items at 111 Walnut Valley Court, Wrightsville; 970 White Oak Road, Windsor; 3345 Ross Town Road, Wellsville; 1480 Windsor Road, Red Lion; 599 Lewisberry Road, New Cumberland; 1020 Wilson Ave., Hanover; 190 Oak Road, Dallastown; and 11505 Susquehanna Trail South, Glen Rock. For information, call the authority at 845-1066.


---Goodwill stores accept donated devices at stores at 609 Lombard Road, Red Lion; 535 S. Main St., Shrewsbury; 1120 Roosevelt Ave., York; and 1017 Baltimore St., Hanover.

---Best Buy at 2865 Concord Road in Springettsbury Township also accepts recyclables.

---Fairview Township accepts electronics recycling from all York County residents and businesses every other Saturday at the Fairview Township Recycling Center, 100 Sewered Road, New Cumberland. Call 901-5200 for information.

---Penn Township accepts electronics recycling every Saturday at the Penn Township Recycling Drop-off Center on Heights Avenue next to the township building in Hanover. Call 632-7366 for information.

-- Reach Christina Kauffman at