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NY State Electronic Equipment Recycling and Reuse Act


Update: This state law supersedes NYC's Electronics Equipment Collection, Recycling and Reuse Act. Manufacturers are bound by the state law.

See: takeback info for residents: electronics and takeback info for businesses: electronics on this website, and Electronic Equipment Recycling and Reuse Act leaving NYCWasteLess at NY State Department of Environmental Conservation.

Law: Laws of NY State leaving NYCWasteLess (Search for Environmental Conservation Law (ENV), Article 27: Collection, Treatment and Disposal of Refuse and Other Solid Waste, Title 26: Electronic Equipment Recycling and Reuse)

Summary: The NY State Electronic Equipment Recycling and Reuse Act law enacted as Chapter 99 of the Laws of 2010 leaving NYCWasteLess, establishes annual statewide recycling or reuse goals for all electronics waste and requires manufacturers of covered electronic equipment to establish a convenient system for the collection, handling, and recycling or reuse of discarded electronic waste, starting in 2011.

The law mandates “manufacturer acceptance standards” to help achieve the statewide goal, a recycling surcharge if standards are not met, and a credit system if standards are exceeded. The law describes acceptable collections, facilities, and reporting requirements for manufacturers.

The law also phases in a disposal ban for discarded electronics. Electronics disposal is banned by any manufacturer, retailer, or owner or operator of an electronic waste collection site, electronic waste consolidation facility or electronic waste recycling facility by April 1, 2011, any person other than an individual or household by January 1, 2012, and by any individual or household by January 1, 2015.

This law coverers certain electronic items, all other items are exempted from this law. Cell phones are regulated by the NY State Wireless Recycling Act.

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