New York State has joined 22 other states in enacting a Electronics Recycling Law.
6/16/2010 12:08:44 PM
Please see the information below from the Department of Environmental Conservation
Electronic Equipment Recycling and Reuse Act
The NYS Electronic Equipment Recycling and Reuse Act (PDF) (38 kb) (Article 27, Title 26 of the Environmental Conservation Law) was signed into law by the Governor on May 28, 2010. The law will ensure that every New Yorker will have the opportunity to recycle their electronic waste in an environmentally responsible manner. The law requires manufacturers to establish a convenient system for the collection, handling, and recycling or reuse of electronic waste. Manufacturers of covered electronic equipment will be responsible for implementing and maintaining an acceptance program for the discarded electronic waste, with oversight by the NYS Department of Environmental Conservation.
Which types of electronic waste will manufacturers be required to accept for recycling and reuse?
Beginning April 1, 2011, manufacturers of covered electronic equipment will be required to accept the following:
- Televisions (as well as cathode ray tubes)
- Small Scale Servers
- Computer Peripherals1
- Electronic Keyboards
- Electronic Mice or Similar Pointing Devices
- Facsimile Machines2
- Document Scanners2
- Small Electronic Equipment1
- Digital Video Recorders
- Portable Digital Music Players
- DVD Players
- Digital Converter Boxes
- Cable or Satellite Receivers
- Electronic or Video Game Consoles
Which types of electronic waste will manufacturers not be required to accept for recycling and reuse?
Manufacturers of covered electronic equipment will not be required to accept any of the following: Cameras; video cameras; portable or stationary radios; household appliances such as clothes washers, clothes dryers, refrigerators, freezers, microwave ovens, ovens, range, or dishwashers; equipment that is functionally or physically part of a larger piece of equipment intended for use in an industrial, research and development or commercial setting; security or anti-terrorism equipment; monitoring and control instrument or system; thermostat; hand-held transceiver; telephone of any type3; portable digital assistant or similar pointing device; calculator; global positioning system (GPS) receiver or similar navigation device; a server other than a small scale server; a cash register or retail self checkout system; a stand-alone storage product intended for use in industrial, research and development or commercial settings; commercial medical equipment that contains within it a cathode ray tube, a flat panel displace or similar video display device, and is not separate from the larger piece of equipment; or other medical devices as that term is defined under the Federal Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act.
Who will be affected by the Law?
If you are a consumer, retailer, or manufacturer of the aforementioned covered electronic equipment; an electronic waste recycling facility, electronic waste consolidation facility, or electronic waste collection site; or a solid or hazardous waste management facility, you will be affected by the NYS Electronic Equipment Recycling and Reuse Act.
1: Computer peripherals and small electronic equipment also include any cable, cord, or wiring permanently affixed to or incorporated into such product.
2: Only those intended for use with a computer and weighing less than 100 lbs.
3: Under a separate act, the New York State Wireless Recycling Act, which became effective January 1, 2007, all wireless telephone service providers that offer phones for sale must accept cell phones for reuse or recycling.
http://www.dec.ny.gov/chemical/42004.html guidance for households
http://www.dec.ny.gov/chemical/41999.html guidance for municipal collection
(Preceding information provided by New York State Department of Environmental Conservation Website)