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E-waste Recycling

NYS consumers may now recycle electronic waste, such as computers, computer peripherals, televisions, small scale servers, and small electronic equipment, etc., in an environmentally responsible manner.

The NYS Electronic Equipment Recycling and Reuse Act (PDF) (39 kB), requires manufacturers to provide free and convenient recycling of electronic waste to most consumers in the state. Consumers eligible for free and convenient recycling include individuals, for-profit businesses, corporations with less than 50 full time employees, not-for-profit corporations with less than 75 full time employees, not-for-profit corporations designated under section 501(c)(3) of the internal revenue code, schools, or governmental entities located in NYS. For-profit businesses with 50 or more full time employees and not-for-profit corporations with 75 or more full time employees may be charged.

How to recycle electronic waste:

Consumers
Learn how to recycle electronic waste in three easy steps, as well as which covered electronic equipment (CEE) can be recycled for free in NYS. More information about the Act and answers to consumers' most frequently asked questions (FAQs) is also available through this page.

What's new?

  • Program year 2013 annual reporting forms for all regulated entities were due March 1, 2014. Please contact the Department if your annual report is late.

Requirements, FAQs and forms for the law's regulated entities:

  • Manufacturers
    Manufacturers include those who assemble, manufacture, import, and/or own a brand name of CEE that is offered for sale in NYS.
  • Collectives
    Collective electronic waste acceptance programs, or collectives, represent one or more manufacturers, for the purpose of satisfying their electronic waste collection requirements. A list of collectives registered in NYS is also available through this page.
  • Collection Sites
    Electronic waste collection sites include fixed or temporary sites (both private and municipal) at which electronic waste is collected from consumers and temporarily stored.
  • Consolidation Facilities
    Electronic waste consolidation facilities organize, categorize and/or consolidate electronic waste before it is transported to a recycling facility.
  • Recycling Facilities
    Electronic waste recycling facilities separate, dismantle or process the materials, components or commodities contained in electronic waste, and prepare them for use or reuse in new products.
  • Retailers
    Retailers are those who sell CEE to consumers in the state through any means, including, but not limited to retail stores, mail, catalogs, the telephone or the internet. A list of manufacturers whose brands may be sold in NYS is also available through this page.
  • Solid/Hazardous Waste Facilities and Haulers/Transporters
    Requirements for solid and hazardous waste facilities and for persons engaged in the collection of waste for delivery to such facilities.

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