Good news for New York! As of January 1, 2015, consumers may no longer dispose of certain types of electronic equipment in landfills, waste-to-energy facilities, in the trash, or at curbside for trash pickup. This is good news for the environment, not just because it will (hopefully) keep unnecessary materials out of the landfills but also because it will prevent heavy metals, acids and other hazardous materials from ending up in soil and drinking water.
According to the NYS DEC website:
The NYS Electronic Equipment Recycling and Reuse Act (PDF) (39 kB), requires manufacturers 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.
At Rochester Greenovation, we can accept donations of functioning but unwanted electronics, computers, TVs, and other appliances. We regret that we are not able, at this time, to accept non-functioning electronics and appliances for proper disposal and recycling. Please take your non-functioning/broken materials to an appropriate recycling vendor. You can see a full list of regional recycling vendors on Recycling Guide page.