What if I want to recycle e-waste that is not covered by the new law?
Locations where covered electronic equipment is accepted for recycling or reuse
might accept other electronic equipment, possibly for a fee. The following options
may also be available:
Municipal collection programs: Recycling opportunities for
household consumers vary by municipality, with some municipalities offering household
hazardous waste (HHW) collections programs that accept electronic equipment. Some
transfer stations also collect electronic equipment for recycling. Please check with your
municipality for more information on recycling electronic equipment not covered by the
Commercial dismantler/recyclers: Consumers can check with a
commercial dismantler/recycler in their area to see if the facility accepts the type of
electronic equipment they wish to recycle.
What about old cell phones?
Since 2007, the New York State Wireless Recycling Act has required all wireless
telephone service providers that offer phones for sale to accept cell phones for
reuse or recycling. The law requires retailers to accept up to 10 cell phones per
person during normal business hours or
provide free shipping for these phones. Recycling information should be available
at business locations and the company website.
What should I do about personal and confidential information on my old computer?
To be safe, consumers should remove all personal and confidential data on their
electronic equipment before sending it for recycling or reuse.
Am I required to recycle e-waste?
Manufacturer e-waste acceptance programs will be available for consumers to recycle
their e-waste beginning April 1, 2011.
Beginning January 2012, businesses and municipalities, including your waste collection
company or service, will no longer be able to dispose of any e-waste in a landfill or
Beginning Jan.1, 2015, individuals and households will no longer be able to dispose of any
e-waste in a landfill or waste-to-energy facility, or place e-waste for collection that is intended
for disposal at such types of facilities.