A law went into effect on January 1st that prohibits private and public waste haulers and transporters in New York from collecting electronic waste unless it is destined to be recycled or reused.
This ban is part of the NYS Electronic Equipment Recycling and Reuse Act, which was signed in May 2010. In April 2011, the first part of the law went into effect. This part requires manufacturers to take back electronics free of charge, regardless of brand.
The second part of the act takes electronics recycling one step further, by prohibiting waste haulers from collecting electronic waste (unless it is designated for reuse/recycling). A third part of the act will go into effect on January 1, 2015 and will prohibit customers from disposing of their electronic equipment in landfills.
Electronics covered by this law include:
- Cathode ray tubes (CRTS)
- Small scale servers
- Computer peripherals (including cables, cords, wires, monitors, keyboards, mice, printers, etc..)
- Small electronic equipment (including VCRs, DVRs, portable music players, DVD players, digital converter boxes, cable or satellite receivers, and electronic or video game consoles)