January 2011 sees the start of the New York State law being enforced to enroll consumers and commercial entities alike into manageing electronic waste legally and responsibly; encouraging all to take advantage of take-back, reuse, and recycling programs available to them.
New York State's Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) has outlawed both public and private operators from collecting electronic waste in the state unless it is to be reused or recycled.
More information on the respective law and on where responsible disposal of hazardous waste can be found at
According to the DEC, dispose of electronic waste, items such as televisions, computers, computer peripherals, etc., by private and public waste haulers/transporters will no longer be allowed in any solid or hazardous waste management facility located in the state of New York.
Proper recycling of WEEE, (Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment) diverts thousands of pounds of waste from landfills and incinerators; keeps toxins such as lead, mercury and cadmium from potentially contaminating the air, water and soil and conserves natural resources when valuable materials are reclaimed and reused, rather than using virgin materials.
by George Laugharne