As of January first it is illegal for New Yorkers to place electronic waste at curbside for trash pickup or to toss it into the dumpster in the parking lot.
The new law is part of the NYS Electronic Equipment Recycling and Reuse Act, a 2010 law that laid out a multi-year plan to require manufacturers to accept computers, televisions and other electronics for free recycling. Some electronics, particularly old televisions and computer monitors, can contain hazardous materials, so they are included in the law.
According to Section 27-2611-3 of the new law:
“Beginning January first, two thousand fifteen, no individual or household shall place or dispose of any electronic waste in any solid waste management facility, or place electronic waste for collection which is intended for disposal at a solid waste management facility or hazardous waste management facility in this state.”
The new law requires New Yorkers to recycle all electronic waste including televisions, anything with a cathode ray tube (such as computers, computer monitors), computer peripherals (such as keyboards and electronic mice), cables, cords, or wiring, and any kind of covered electronic equipment (such as fax machines, document scanners, and printers).
However, according to the law, “The term 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, or microwave ovens.”
But right now, people in Brockport are caught between a rock and a hard place, because Brockport no longer has an electronic waste collection site as defined by Section 27-2613 Electronic waste collection, consolidation and recycling of the new law.
Sun-King Electronics on Main Street no longer accepts dead TVs, old computers or any other electronic waste.
The Sun-King website states that the Volunteers of America store on Lake Road in Sweden accepts electronic waste, but that is not correct.
Until recently, the Volunteers of America store did accept electronic recycling, but not anymore. They stopped accepting electronic recycling because their recycler started to charge them a fee for each item recycled.
According to a woman who works at the Volunteers of America drop-off location on Lake Road, you have to take your old electronic equipment to the Monroe County recycling facility in Chili.
The woman said that if you leave you old TV or computer equipment outside the Volunteers of America store, the staff will just throw it in the dumpster (even though that is a violation of the new law).
Here is the information the staff at the Volunteers of America store give to anyone who ask about recycling electronic equipment.
How to Recycle e-waste
Monroe County residents can drop off material at Monroe County’s ecopark, located at 10 Avion Drive in Chili, just west of Greater Rochester International Airport. Beginning January 1, the ecopark will be open on Wednesday’s from 1 to 6:30 p.m. and Saturdays from 7:30a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
10 Avion Drive is 19.7 miles southeast of Brockport, which is a 26 minute drive according to Goggle Maps.
According to its website ,“the ecopark is an innovative partnership between Monroe County and Waste Management of NY that provides Monroe County residents with a “one-stop drop-off” to dispose of or recycle certain items. The ecopark is a residential drop-off facility (no businesses* – see below) and, except for household hazardous waste (HHW) materials, residents are responsible for unloading their own vehicle.”
You can also call the ecopark at (585) 753-7600
Right now there is no system in place to get electronic waste from the consumer to the ecopark, so you have to bring it there yourself.
The garbage trucks from Waste Management and Suburban Disposal are not equipped to take electronic waste. They are only equipped to accept paper, glass and plastic. Maybe the Town of Sweden needs to set up a drop-off point for electronic waste so everybody in town doesn’t wind up violating the law.
The town could easily set up a drop off point in the Town Hall parking lot at 18 State Street in Brockport or at the Sweden Town Garage at 40 White Road in Sweden. They could even have two drop-off points, one at each location.
All the town needs to do is put the electronic waste in a truck and drive it to the ecopark the following Wednesday.
They already have all the equipment they’d need to do this. Put the electronic waste in a specially marked dumpster reserved for electronic waste, empty the electronic waste dumpster into a town dump truck, and drive the dump truck to the ecopark.