Good news, New Yorkers! It’s now much easier for us to recycle our old, unwanted electronics! Signed into law last year, New York State’s Electronic Equipment Recycling and Reuse Act takes effect today. Under the law, manufacturers are required to accept old electronics for recycling from all customers, even if the old gadget is not made by the same company. The service is free of charge, and all companies are required to properly recycle or reuse the old electronics. Officials expect the new program to divert thousands of pounds of e-waste from landfills.”This is a huge win for the environment and consumers, who will now be able to recycle electronic waste at no cost,” DEC Commissioner Joe Martens said in a statement. “Manufacturers of TV’s, computers, printers, copiers and other electronic products are stepping up to help New York meet our ambitious recycling goals and lower costs for local governments.”
Electronic manufacturers must register with the DEC and create a public information program to educate customers about how to return products. They can set up collection programs a number of ways, including in stores, collection events, or mail-back programs. Manufacturers may charge a fee for companies with more than 50 full-time employees or non-profits with more than 75 full-timers.
You can download a list of all registered manufacturers here.