E-Waste Recycling Services: What Every Resident and Business Owner in Westchester and Putnam Counties Should Know
What Is E-Waste?
E-waste is one of the fastest growing components of solid waste in the United States. It's no wonder, considering the rapid pace at which electronic products are being replaced with newer, faster and better versions. According to a CBS 60 Minutes report, The Electronic Wasteland, 130,000 computers are thrown out every day and over 100 million cells phones are discarded annually. Computers, computer peripherals, fax machines, scanners, televisions, small scale servers, and small electronic equipment are all considered E-waste.
The primary concern of the NYS Department of Environmental Conservation and solid waste managers is the toxicity of these components. Potential contaminants include lead, mercury, nickel and cadmium, which can readily pollute the soil, water and air as a result of incineration and/or landfill operations. Ingesting these toxic poisons has been linked to kidney disease, brain damage, cancer and genetic mutations.
To address these concerns, on May 28, 2010, Governor Cuomo signed into law the NYS Electronic Equipment Recycling and Reuse Act, which provides guidance on recycling electronic waste in an environmentally responsible manner. The legislation requires that all E-waste be disposed of at a designated Drop Center or be scheduled for pick-up with a nominal fee and requires manufacturers to provide free and convenient recycling of electronic waste to most consumers.
In accordance with the disposal ban requirements of Section 27-2611 of the Electronic Equipment Recycling and Reuse Act, the following dates were established for when covered electronic equipment may no longer be accepted for disposal at a solid waste or hazardous waste management facility:
- April 1, 2011 – From any electronic equipment manufacturer, retailer, or owner or operator of an electronic waste collection site, consolidation facility, or recycling facility.
- January 1, 2012 – From any person other than an individual or household consumer.
- January 1, 2015 – From any person.
Consumers eligible for free and convenient recycling include individuals, for-profit businesses and 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.
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.
Suburban Carting Company can assist you in developing an individualized E-Waste recycling services plan for your home or place of business.
Suburban Carting Company
566 North State Road
Briarcliff Manor, NY 10510
For the location of a designated Drop Center contact Suburban Carting.
E-Waste Recycling Facilities
Electronic waste recycling facilities separate, dismantle or process the materials, components or commodities contained in electronic waste, and prepare them for use or reuse in new products.
- Collection Sites
Electronic waste collection sites include fixed or temporary sites (both private and municipal) at which electronic waste is collected from consumers and temporarily stored.
- Consolidation Facilities
Electronic waste consolidation facilities organize categorize and/or consolidate electronic waste before it is transported to a recycling facility.
Suburban Carting Offers Affordable E-Waste Recycling Services
If you are a business in need of e-waste recycling services, Suburban Carting can help. Call us at (914) 698-4300 or visit our contact page.