Proper Disposal of NYTEST Inspection Equipment
New York State is changing the equipment requirements for motor vehicle emissions inspections conducted within the nine-county New York Metropolitan Area. Beginning on January 1, 2011, the NYTEST equipment will no longer be required, and vehicles previously inspected on NYTEST equipment will instead be inspected on the New York Vehicle Inspection Program (NYVIP) equipment. To dispose of the obsolete NYTEST inspection equipment, electronics components must be separated from scrap metal.
Who is Responsible for NYTEST Disposal?
Each licensed inspection station is responsible for the proper disposal of its NYTEST electronic and metal components. Stations should make sure they select reputable companies for disposal of these materials.
Used Electronic Equipment
The NYTEST electronic components contain hazardous elements and compounds, including lead, mercury, and cadmium, which can be toxic if released into the environment. Electronic waste CANNOT be thrown out in your garbage. Electronic waste is often hazardous waste. When properly recycled, most electronic waste is exempt from hazardous waste regulation. Regulations for handling of electronic waste can be found at: http://www.dec.ny.gov/chemical/8788.html. Used electronic equipment is anything with circuitry, such as:
- NYTEST computer
- Computer monitor
- Barcode scanner
- Video cassette recorders
Where Can a NYTEST Station Recycle the Electronic Equipment?
The NYS Department of Environmental Conservation maintains a list of recycling facilities. One of the NYTEST equipment providers, Snap-on Diagnostics, is also offering a recycling program for most of the electronic components. If your station owns either SUN or John Bean equipment and you are interested in this program, please contact Jack Alexander of Snap-on at 845-986-8565.
Where Can a NYTEST Station Recycle the Scrap Metal?
The metal components of NYTEST equipment may have salvage value and can be recycled through a scrap metal dealer. Scrap metal can be either steel, aluminum, or copper, and would include the:
- NYTEST dynamometer
- Metal cabinets/housing
- Exhaust probe
The Steel Recycling Institute has a list of steel recyclers on their website at: http://www.recycle-steel.org (select "Steel Recycling Locator"). The website http://www.1800recycling.com provides a list of metal recycling centers based on zip code (select the "metal" category).