As of January 1 this year, private and public waste haulers/transporters are not allowed to collect electronic waste such as televisions, computers, computer peripherals, etc., and solid or hazardous waste management facilities located in New York State are not allowed to dispose of it.
In accordance with the New York State Electronic Equipment Recycling and Reuse Act, private and public waste haulers/transporters are prohibited from collecting electronic waste unless it is destined for recycling/reuse. The law also requires haulers/transporters who use waste management facilities in the state and the owners or operators of such facilities to provide their customers with written information regarding options for recycling unwanted electronic equipment. In addition, owners and operators must post signs about the new law in conspicuous locations at their facilities.
The Electronic Equipment Recycling and Reuse Act shifts end-of-life costs for managing electronic waste from municipalities to product manufacturers. DEC is overseeing implementation of the law and strongly encourages consumers to use the numerous free and convenient recycling opportunities available. DEC’s website has information about how and where to recycle electronic waste, along with a full list of the types of electronic equipment that must be recycled under the law. Additional guidance for waste management facilities and waste haulers/transporters includes sample written information for customers.