In the state’s ongoing effort to reduce its massive amounts of e-waste, New York has finally made it illegal to kick your unwanted electronics to the curb. Effective January 1st, the NY State Electronic Equipment Recycling and Reuse Act will make it a crime to leave computers and other electronics on the street for curbside trash pickup.
Although quite a few electronic recycling centers already exist throughout the city, the increasing amounts of old computer screens, phones, and other electronics generated by the state wreak havoc on the environment and take up enormous space in landfills.
Although New York has already passed recycling laws regarding rechargeable batteries and old mobile phones, the new legislation now forbids anyone from leaving electronic devices such as TVs, VCRs, computers, tablets, video game consoles and various computer accessories and parts on the curb.
As we ring in the New Year, New Yorkers will have a number of options to responsibly dispose of their unwanted gadgets. Retailers such as Staples and Best Buy will have drop-off recycle bins. Additionally, Goodwill, Salvation Army, and the Gowanus E-Waste Warehouse will also offer e-waste recycling options.
For a complete list of prohibited devices, see the NYC Wasteless Electronics List.