New York State passed the NYS Electronic
Equipment Recycling and Reuse Act on May 28th, 2010. The Act took effect
January 1, 2011, and established a disposal ban, which, as of January 1, 2015,
prohibits all persons from disposal of covered electronic equipment in landfills,
waste-to-energy facilities, in the trash, or at curbside for trash pickup.
The Act requires manufacturers of covered
electronic equipment (CEE - computers, computer peripherals, televisions, small
scale servers, and small electronic equipment) 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 Act’s regulated entities (manufacturers,
collective electronic waste acceptance programs, electronic waste collection
sites, consolidation and recycling facilities) are required to submit a
one-time online registration and online annual report to the NYSDEC.
Manufacturers must register prior to offering CEE for sale in the state, and
must meet annual performance goals established by the NYSDEC based on their
market shares, or face recycling surcharges for under-collection. Sites
and facilities must register 30 days prior to accepting electronic waste.
Retailers may only sell CEE brands that are registered with the NYSDEC.
NYSDEC E-waste Recycling Main
NYSDEC Consumer Guidance Page
Online Registration and Reporting System
Recycling and Reuse Act Implementation & Results for 2011 & 2012
Report (all regulated entities) & $3,000 Fee Payment (manufacturers only)
Due Date: March 1st