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Electronic Waste Recycling

COVID-19 Waste and Recyclables Essential Services Statement:

As identified in the Guidance on Executive Order 202.6, essential business or entities that are not required to reduce in-person workforce by 100% include "trash and recycling collection, processing and disposal services." The exclusion includes collection, transportation, processing and disposal activities for any solid wastes, regulated medical waste, hazardous wastes, radioactive wastes and other associated waste categories. This also includes all recyclables including redemption of bottle bill containers. However, these businesses or entities should implement other appropriate social distancing practices whenever and wherever possible. Regulations associated with these activities continue to be in effect and any related questions should be directed to appropriate DEC program staff. The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and the Solid Waste Association of North America (SWANA) have both issued guidance associated with the coronavirus and waste management. In general, standard procedures for safe handling of waste should continue to be used. Please contact the Department with any questions at dmm@dec.ny.gov.

NYS consumers are required to recycle many electronic waste items, 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 (Environmental Conservation Law, Article 27, Title 26) 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.

The separate NYS Wireless Telephone Recycling Act (Environmental Conservation Law, Article 27, Title 23*2) requires wireless telephone service suppliers that offer wireless phones for sale, to provide for the free reuse and recycling of up to 10 cell phones from any person or provide for the free shipping of those phones to a recycling program.

How to Recycle Electronic Waste:

  • Consumers
    Learn how to easily recycle electronic waste for free in NYS.

Requirements for the Act's Regulated Entities:

  • Manufacturers of Covered Electronic Equipment
    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 manufacturers, for the purpose of satisfying their electronic waste acceptance program requirements.
  • 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 sell CEE to consumers in the state through any means, including, but not limited to retail stores, mail, catalogs, the telephone or the internet. Information for retailers operating as wireless telephone service suppliers 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.

E-waste Rulemaking

The Department filed a Notice of Proposed Rule Making with the New York State Department of State on June 15, 2021, to repeal and replace existing 6 NYCRR Part 368. The proposed rule develops new regulations for the existing Electronic Equipment Recycling and Reuse Act, among other actions.

The public comment period commences on June 30, 2021, with written statements due by midnight on September 15, 2021. Two public comment hearing webinars for the proposed rule will be held on Wednesday, September 8, 2021.

Text of the proposed rule, instructions for submitting written statements, and information on participating in a public comment hearing webinar, are available on the Department's Website.


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