New York Bans Disposal of Obsolete Electronics

New law prohibiting the collection of electronic scrap for purposes of disposal became effective Jan. 1.

January 3, 2012
Recycling Today Staff
Legislation & Regulations Municipal / IC&I

Beginning Jan. 1, 2012, private and public waste haulers and transporters in the state of New York are prohibited from collecting electronic scrap unless is it destined to be recycled or reused.

The ban is part of the New York State Electronic Equipment Recycling and Reuse Act, which falls under the purview of the NYS Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC).

According to the DEC, the law also requires handlers of the electronics to provide customers with written information regarding available options for recycling obsolete electronics. In addition, owners and operators of solid or hazardous waste management facilities must post signage about the new law in conspicuous locations.

The law is intended to shift the end-of-life costs of managing electronic scrap from municipalities to product manufacturers and to encourage consumers to "take advantage of the numerous free and convenient recycling opportunities available to them as part of this new law," according to the DEC.

More information on the law, including details on where consumers can have obsolete electronics recycled, is available at