More than 300 million pounds of electronic waste is generated annually in New York State and a new law is in place to re-use or recycle it instead of trashing it.
"The electronic equipment that’s subject to New York State’s Electronic Equipment Recycling and Reuse Act is just about any type of computer or peripheral equipment. That includes monitors, the tower, the keyboard, your mice, printer, that’s all included as so-called e-waste under the law, as well as old TV sets, DVD players, game consoles and things like that," said Andrew Radin, Chair of the New York Product Stewardship Council.
The State Department of Environmental Conservation has authorized a number of collection points to keep electronics out of the trash.
Under the state’s electronics equipment recycling law, manufacturers are required to let consumers know how to recycle their materials and there is a website that consumers can go to for information about where to take electronics in their community. You can find a collection center near you by going to the website greenergadgets.org and type in your zip code.
"We want to keep these things out of the environment because of the potentially toxic heavy metals that are contained in some of this electronic equipment. That includes lead and cadmium and mercury," said Radin.
The new electronics recycling law has been in effect since 2011.
"The program is off and running on a great start, although I think there’s still a need for more information to the community and to residents about what they should do with their unwanted computers and unwanted electronics," Radin said.