New York State has now made it illegal for residents to take their personal electronics devices, with a few exceptions, out for curbside pickup. The law went into effect earlier this year, but I just came across it online, and haven’t seen it talked about in the mainstream media, so I thought I’d share what I learned.
The new law – the NYS Electronic Equipment Recycling and Reuse Act – prohibits taking the following items to the curb:
- cathode ray tubes
- computers, including:
- computer peripherals, including :
- electronic keyboards
- electronic mice or similar pointing devices
- fax machines, document scanners, and printers (only those intended for use with a computer and weighing less than 100 lbs.)
- any cables, cords, or wiring accompanying a computer peripheral
- small electronic equipment, including:
- 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)
- any cables, cords, or wiring accompanying the small electronic equipment.
- small scale servers
While none of these things can go in the regular trash anymore, the law allows multiple ways to dispose of them include manufacturer take-back programs.