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Trashing Electronics Becomes Illegal In New York

compStarting Jan. 1, the final phase of New York’s 2010 electronics recycling law takes effect, making it illegal for consumers to throw so-called “e-waste” in the garbage.

Violators can be fined $100.

New York’s law requires electronics manufacturers to finance a system of collection and recycling for state residents. Best Buy stores accept most electronics from consumers for recycling at no charge, regardless of where the product was purchased.

The Salvation Army, Goodwill Industries, and Staples also accept consumer electronics and send them to a recycler that shreds electronics and reclaims materials.

Information on New York’s e-waste law is on the Department of Environmental Conservation website.


7 Responses

  1. The first two commenters do not realize that consumer electronics devices contain numerous toxic substances that will contaminate the environment were it not for this recycling program.

  2. How about a greeting card that plays a tune when you open it? Or kids candy that they sell in all the heimishe stores that comes with a light?

  3. #4: The city’s website lists the items that can’t be put out in the trash:
    • TVs
    • Monitors
    • Computers
    • Laptops
    • Small servers
    • Printers/scanners
    • Tablets/e-readers
    • MP3 Players
    • VCRs/DVDs/DVR players
    • Fax machines
    • Video game consoles
    • Cable/satellite boxes
    • Mice
    • Keyboards

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