Got a new TV, computer, cell phone and wondering what to do with your old electronic gadgets? The rules in New York state have changed as of January 1, 2015.
The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation’s Electronic Equipment Recycling and Reuse Act prohibits certain types of electronic waste from being placed in the trash, or at the curbside for trash pickup. Citing the potential for environmental harm from improperly disposing electronics, DEC Commissioner Joe Martens urges New Yorkers to properly recycle their unwanted computers, televisions and other electronics through the many free or low-cost options currently available.
“Incinerating electronic waste or disposing of it in a landfill can potentially put hazardous materials into the air and soil,” Martens said. “New York State law requires manufacturers to provide recycling of electronic waste for consumers. Recycling electronics is one of the greatest gifts New Yorkers can give to the environment.”
Consumers can learn how to easily recycle electronic waste, as well as which electronic equipment can be recycled for free in New York State at the DEC website, http://bit.ly/NYewaste.