Electronics Equipment Recycling & Reuse Act
In 2010, the New York State Legislature passed the Electronic Equipment Recycling and Reuse Act. The Act first required manufacturers of electronic products to provide for free and convenient recycling of electronic waste to most consumers in the state (2011). Secondly, the Act established disposal bans for electronic waste and an implementation schedule for the bans.
The disposal ban implementation schedule is outlined below:
- Beginning on January 1, 2012, businesses, private or public corporations, not for profit corporations, and government entities may not dispose of electronic waste, such as computers, computer peripherals, televisions and other small electronic equipment, at a solid waste disposal facility. Also beginning on January 1, 2012, all persons engaged in the collection of solid waste for delivery to a transfer station or landfill facility shall provide written information to their customers on the proper methods for the recycling of electronic waste.
- Beginning on January 1, 2015, the ban will apply to all generators of electronic waste, even households.
The Oneida-Herkimer Solid Waste Management Authority operates an Electronics Recycling Collection Facility at the Household Hazardous Waste Collection Facility on Leland Ave in Utica to accept all electronic scrap for proper recycling. The facility is open all year Monday – Friday 8:00 am until 4:00 pm and on Saturday from 8:00 am until 2:00 pm to receive and properly recycle electronic waste. The facility is open to all residents and businesses in Oneida & Herkimer Counties. Find out More Information about the Household Hazardous Waste Facility.