Did you know that as of January 1, 2015, it’s no longer legal to put old electronics in the trash? That means that computers, TVs, and even VCRs must be recycled rather than tossed in the landfill. This regulation was put in place to reduce pollution from components utilizing lead, mercury, and other dangerous toxins as well as to conserve natural resources.
But if you’re a consumer needing to dispose of an old computer, this law can leave you feeling like you’re in a tight spot. How can you get rid of that outdated PC?
There are actually two easy options:
- Use a manufacturer’s takeback program. Electronic equipment manufacturers registered with the state are required to provide free information regarding how to recycle your electronics.
- Take your computer or other device to a electronic waste collection site. You can find a list of registered NYS electronic waste collection sites here. These sites accept electronic waste, but double-check that they accept the specific item you are needing to dispose of. For example, some sites may take DVD players but not cathode ray TVs.
Advantage Disposal is unable to accept electronic waste at this time, but we are happy to provide you with this handy resource to help you dispose of your old computers, TVs, and other equipment safely and legally. Just ask if you have any further questions.