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Proper Electronic Waste Disposal

Have you decided to update your outdated home computer? Bought the latest new smartphone? Transitioned from your CD player to a bluetooth device? Or indulged in that new tablet you purchased for yourself or your children? Because technology is always changing, it seems we are always buying the lastest and greatest electronic gadgets.

What do you do with all those old electronics when it’s time to upgrade?  

Special Electronic Waste Disposal

E-waste is what electronic waste is referred to as when it has reached the end of its, “useful life.”  E-Waste can include outdated or obsolete televisions, music playing devices, VCR’s, DVD players or computers. Because of the components and electrical wiring, E-waste requires special disposal and has a very specific recycling process.

According to the state of New York’s Department of Environmental Conservation, a disposal ban of electronic waste was put into effect as of January 1, 2015 stating that consumers may no longer dispose of certain types of electronic equipment in landfills, waste-to-energy facilities, in the trash, or at curbside for trash pickup.  

Electronic waste is legally not allowed in County Waste’s garbage or recycling containers.
Electronic Waste is not allowed in County Waste NY containers

So, what items are included in the disposal ban?

According to New York’s Dept of Environment Conservation, these electronic waste items are not allowed in residential containers:

  • Computers (including laptops, desktops, tablets and e-readers)
  • Televisions
  • Cathode ray tubes
  • Computer monitors
  • Keyboards
  • Electronic mice
  • Fax machines, scanners, and printers
  • VCRs
  • DVRs
  • Digital music players
  • DVD players
  • Digital converter boxes
  • Cable or satellite receivers
  • Electronic or video game consoles (including handhelds)
  • Small scale servers

Recycle it… Where?

The New York Department of Environmental Conservation has made it easy to recycle electronic waste.  

  1. Use a Manufacturer’s Take Back Program:

Find manufacturers, their electronic equipment brands covered by law, their electronic waste acceptance program websites and toll free numbers on the DEC’s registered list of electronic equipment manufacturers in NYS. The manufacturer is required to provide information on how to recycle your equipment, free of charge.

   2. Drop-off at an Electronic Waste Collection Site:

Check the list of registered electronic waste collection sites (sorted by county) to find a collection site nearest you. Make sure to call ahead to verify that the collection site does, in fact, accept your particular type or brand of equipment. A fee may be applied if the collection site is not affiliated with a manufacturer’s acceptance program.

 If you have questions about County Waste’s residential and commercial collection services, please contact us.

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