Used Electronic Equipment FAQs
Answers to the Most Frequently Asked Questions Regarding Used Electronic Equipment
- What is used electronic equipment?
Used electronic equipment, commonly referred to as "e-waste", can encompass a variety of equipment including, but not limited to computers, Cathode Ray Tubes (CRTs), wireless telephones, electronic keyboards, mice, televisions, printers, monitors, portable digital music players, video cassette recorders, DVD players, Blu-ray disc players, digital video recorders, digital converter boxes, cable or satellite receivers, electronic game consoles, PDAs, facsimile machines, and photocopiers, etc.
- Why should I be concerned about the fate of my used electronic equipment?
It is important that used electronic equipment be managed properly. Used electronic equipment contains hazardous elements and compounds, including lead, mercury, and cadmium, which can be toxic if released into the environment when disposed. Lead is found in circuit boards, and in the glass panels and funnels of CRT monitors and televisions, etc. Mercury is found in switches and relays of computer central processing units (CPUs) and backlighting lamps. Cadmium is found in laptop batteries, semiconductors, and various cables and wires, etc.
- What should I do with my old television?
As a result of the mandatory switch from the analog method of transmitting TV signals to DTV, many New York consumers are purchasing new high definition televisions and discarding their old analog televisions. These old televisions should be responsibly managed.
- Who is required to file a "c7 Notification for Used Electronic Equipment Generators"?
Most New York State non-household generators of used electronic equipment are required to submit a "c7" notification to DEC when hazardous waste used electronic equipment will ultimately be recycled. More information on the generator "c7" notification requirement. Used Electronic Equipment Generators: get a c7 Notification form.
- How often does my organization need to file a "c7 Notification for Used Electronic Equipment Generators"?
Used Electronic Equipment Generators only need to file the notification one time (before the first shipment to a dismantler/recycler) unless information contained in the notification changes, such as the use of a different dismantler/recycler or your organization's contact information.
- Where can my organization bring my used electronic equipment for dismantling or recycling?
Non-household (such as businesses, institutions and government) generators have several options for properly managing their used electronic equipment. Visit the following DEC page for more information on your dismantling and recycling options: Guidance for Businesses, Institutions and Government.
- How do I know if used electronic equipment is hazardous waste?
6 NYCRR Part 371 gives a full listing of hazardous wastes. Wastes may be hazardous wastes if they either meet a definition or fail a laboratory test called the Toxicity Characteristic Leachate Procedure (TCLP). The common reasons for used electronics to be hazardous wastes are due to TCLP failure for lead or mercury. Testing has been done for Cathode Ray Tubes (CRTs). Color televisions and CRT monitors are presumed to be hazardous wastes. One difficulty in testing used electronics items lies in the sample preparation requirements for the TCLP. There are two ways the test could be run for used electronics equipment: (1) Each individual material in an item can be individually tested, and a mass balance run to determine the assumed concentration mathematically; (2) The unit as a whole could be reduced in particle size and a composite sample taken. Test results from these two methods can differ significantly, and may not accurately represent the environmental risk of disposal. Additionally, the results from one model of one particular piece of equipment may differ significantly from other models even from the same manufacturer. Generalized tests results are further complicated because there are hundreds of current and historical manufacturers of equipment, and models change regularly. Instead of testing every component, handling used electronic equipment under the hazardous scrap metal exemption is a cost-effective alternative that allows generators to be in compliance whether or not their used electronics items fail the TCLP.
- What is a "c7 Notification for Used Electronic Equipment Collectors, Dismantlers and Recyclers", and who is required to file one?
Any New York State collector, dismantler, or recycler of used electronic equipment who receives from non-household entities, is required to submit a "c7" notification to DEC, except when the equipment is all working and will be sold or donated for reuse. More information on this collector, dismantler, or recycler "c7" notification requirement is available on DEC's Guidance for Collectors, Dismantlers and Recyclers page. Visit DEC's "c7" Notifications for Used Electronic Equipment page for a "c7 Notification for Used Electronic Equipment Collectors, Dismantlers and Recyclers" form. Municipalities involved in used electronic equipment collection activities should review DEC's Guidance for Municipal Collection Activities page for additional requirements.
- How do I get my used electronic equipment dismantling or recycling business listed on the NYSDEC website?
Once your facility's "c7" notification is on file, determined to be in accordance with NYS requirements, and your facility is operational, if your facility would like to be added to our free online list of dismantlers and recyclers of used electronics, you may fill out a used electronic equipment questionnaire (12.8 kb pdf) and submit it to this office. The online dismantlers and recyclers list is updated periodically. At present time, used electronic equipment collectors are not listed on this website.