Tuesday, December 9, 2014 | Vito A. Turso/Belinda A. Mager
Press Release # 14-88, FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Starting January 1, 2015, a state law will make it illegal for New Yorkers to discard most electronics in the trash. Sanitation Workers will no longer collect electronics left at curbside, and the resident may receive a summons.
The electronics covered by this New York State law include computers and their peripherals, televisions, fax machines, VCRs, DVD players, printers/scanners, video game consoles, MP3 players, tablets, and small servers. The law does not include appliances, batteries, or light bulbs.
According to the Environmental Protection Agency, electronics are the fastest growing category of solid waste in the United States. In addition, electronics contain both valuable and harmful materials, so it is important that they are responsibly recycled.
“This new law will help keep electronics, and their potentially harmful components, out of our waste stream,” said Sanitation Commissioner Kathryn Garcia. “By recycling electronics, New Yorkers can help decrease disposal costs and protect the environment.”
There are many FREE, convenient options to properly recycle your unwanted electronics:
The Department of Sanitation (DSNY) promotes a healthy environment through the efficient management of solid waste and the development of environmentally sound long-range planning for handling refuse, including recyclables. The Department operates 59 district garages and manages a fleet of 2,022 rear-loading collection trucks, 450 mechanical brooms and 365 salt/sand spreaders. The Department clears litter, snow and ice from approximately 6,000 miles of City streets and removes debris from vacant lots as well as abandoned vehicles from City streets.