New York State

New York State Electronics Recycling Laws

The NYS Electronic Equipment Recycling and Reuse Act (Article 27, Title 26 of the Environmental Conservation Law) was signed into law by the governor on May 28, 2010 with oversight by the NYS Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC).

The New York e-waste and electronics recycling law ensures that every New Yorker will have the opportunity to recycle their electronic waste in an environmentally responsible manner.  It requires manufacturers to provide free and convenient e-waste 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 for electronics recycling in New York State.  Manufacturers may also charge for “premium services” such as data destruction and door-to-door pickup.

NYS E-Waste Recycling Law Timelines:

  • April 1, 2011 – the manufacturers are required to set up the system to collect e-waste and begin to cover the costs of collecting and recycling covered electronic waste items.  All e-waste collectors, consolidators and recyclers are required to register with New York State and begin the reporting process.  No business or residential disposal bans are in effect.
  • January 1, 2012 – the first of the disposal bans becomes effective.  New York businesses are no longer allowed to dispose of their e-waste by placing it for collection intended for processing at a solid waste or hazardous waste management facility.  In short, you can’t place e-waste at the curb or give it to a company who is not an NYS registered e-waste collector, consolidator or recycler.
  • January 1, 2015 – the full disposal ban New York is in effect.  Businesses and households are no longer allowed to dispose of their e-waste by placing it for collection intended for processing at a solid waste or hazardous waste management facility.  In short, you can’t place e-waste at the curb or give it to a company who is not a registered e-waste collector, consolidator or recycler.

In all cases, the law requires that eligible consumers and businesses bring their items to a designated electronics recycling location (collection event or drop-off location) to take advantage of the manufacturer-covered costs.  What the law does not require is for manufacturers to provide a system to help you remove the items from your home or business.  This is where 4th Bin can help…

4th Bin is registered as an Electronic Waste Consolidation Facility. We will pick up your businesses elegible electronic waste items and recycle them in accordance with the New York State Electronic Equipment Recycling and Reuse Act.