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E-Waste Recycling Law Is Now in Effect; Here’s What You Need to Know

ewastelawHappy new year! We hope your holidays were filled with love, friendship, joy, delicious food and of course, new stuff. And if that new stuff is electronic and replaces some of your old stuff, you’ll need to be a little more careful about how you get rid of that old stuff.

As of New Year’s Day, 2015, it is illegal to leave old electronics out on the curb for regular garbage pickup. And that’s a really good thing, because computers, TVs and lots of other electronics have reusable components like rare earth, and recyclable materials such as rigid plastic, metal and glass.

There are several ways to get old electronics where they need to be to be in compliance with the new law:

1. Return to the manufacturer: Here’s a list from the NYS Department of Environmental Conservation with the names of all registered manufacturers with Takeback Programs under the new law.

2. Bring to a dropoff location: These include certain retailers such as Staples, Best Buy and Goodwill, and e-waste collection sites such as Lower East Side Ecology Center’s Gowanus warehouse (check out this interactive map of locations). Remember to call and make sure the particular item and brand you want to drop off is accepted by the location you choose.

You can read the full text of the new law, known as the NYS Electronic Equipment Recycling and Reuse Act, here.