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Requirements for Retailers of Covered Electronic Equipment

Retailers that sell covered electronic equipment (CEE) have a very important role to play in the New York State Electronic Equipment Recycling and Reuse Act. Retailers' responsibilities are detailed in Section 27-2607 of the NYS Electronic Equipment Recycling and Reuse Act (PDF) (39 kB).

Who Qualifies as a Retailer?

A "retailer" means a person who sells CEE in the state through any means, including, but not limited to, transactions conducted through retail sales outlets, mail, catalogs, the telephone or the internet, or any electronic means.

A "retailer" does not include a person who sells or offers for sale fewer than 10 items of CEE during a calendar year.

Electronic Equipment Covered by the Act:

For a complete list of electronic equipment covered by the Act at this time, please visit the Department's Covered Electronic Equipment webpage. If you are still unsure whether or not a piece of equipment falls under the scope of the Act, please contact the E-waste Recycling Team at (518)402-8706 or by e-mail.

Summary of Retailers' Requirements:

  1. Provide information to consumers. At the point of sale, retailers must provide purchasers of CEE with information about opportunities for the return of electronic waste, if any has been provided to the retailer by the manufacturer.
  2. Sell only compliant brands. Retailers are prohibited from selling any CEE in the state unless:
    • the manufacturer and its brands are registered with the Department. The Department maintains a list of registered manufacturers and their brands on its website, and manufacturers are required to notify retailers that they are registered. The retailer should check this list regularly as newly-registered manufacturers and brands are frequently updated; or
    • the manufacturer and its brands are not registered with the Department because the manufacturer sells less than 1,000 units of CEE annually into the state. If a brand of CEE is not listed on the Department's website, the retailer should check with the Department to see if it may legally be sold in the state.
  3. Sell only labeled equipment. A retailer may only offer for sale in the state CEE that has a visible, permanent label clearly identifying the manufacturer of that equipment.
  4. Comply with disposal ban. No retailer in the state may dispose of electronic waste at a solid waste management facility or hazardous waste management facility, or place electronic waste for collection which is intended for disposal at a solid waste management facility or hazardous waste management facility.

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