On January 1, 2015 a New York State law will make it illegal to throw electronics in the trash. It’s the last portion of the state’s Electronic Equipment Recycling and Reuse law to take effect.
The types of electronics that will have to go through a process like this under the new law are televisions, computers, laptops, remotes, DVD players, radios, etc. The Department of Environmental Conservation is regulating this law. Violators will be fined $100.
Electronic Equipment Covered by the Law:
Computers (including laptops, desktops, tablets and e-readers)
You should erase personal information before recycling.
Cathode ray tubes
Computer peripherals (including any cable, cord, or wiring accompanying the computer peripheral.)
Electronic mice or similar pointing devices
Facsimile machines, document scanners, and printers (only those intended for use with a computer and weighing less than 100 lbs.)
Small electronic equipment (including any cable, cord, or wiring accompanying the small electronic equipment.)
Digital video recorders (DVRs)
Portable digital music players
DVD players (including projectors with DVD player capabilities intended for home-use)
Digital converter boxes
Cable or satellite receivers (including digital media receivers)
Electronic or video game consoles (including both handheld devices and those intended for use with a video display device)
Small scale servers
Covered electronic equipment does not include: any motor vehicle or any part thereof; camera or video camera; portable or stationary radio; household appliances such as clothes washers, clothes dryers, refrigerators, freezers, microwave ovens, ovens, ranges or dishwashers; equipment that is functionally or physically part of a larger piece of equipment intended for use in an industrial, research and development or commercial setting; security or anti-terrorism equipment; monitoring and control instrument or system; thermostat; hand-held transceiver; telephone of any type; portable digital assistant or similar device; calculator; global positioning system (GPS) receiver or similar navigation device; a server other than a small-scale server; a cash register or retail self checkout system; a stand-alone storage product intended for use in industrial, research and development or commercial settings; commercial medical equipment that contains within it a cathode ray tube, a flat panel display or similar video display device, and is not separate from the larger piece of equipment; or other medical devices as that term is defined under the Federal Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act.