Beginning in 2015, New York will ban curbside disposal of certain electronic equipment, including computers, televisions, video game consoles, iPods, and more.
Part of the New York State Electronic Equipment Recycling and Reuse Act, which was enacted in 2010 with a goal of keeping potentially harmful electronics out of the waste stream and be recycled or reused instead. Rolled out in phases, manufacturers, retailers, and other large-scale operations were the first to comply, and now the ban will cover all individuals and households as well.
That means there’s no more leaving a TV (or many other items — see the full list here) out on the street with a clever note, because if none of your neighbors take it home, you could be subject to a fine of up to $100 for each item.
So here are your other options:
- Your building can collect them: If you’ve got 10 or more apartments, there’s a free pick-up service.
- E-waste recycling events: The Lower East Side Ecology Center and DSNY both hold collections throughout the year.
- Donate or sell them: The city has a list of suggestions beyond Craigslist.
- Mail-back & pick-up: Best Buy, Staples, and Dell have programs, and you can contact other manufacturers to see if they do also.
- Retail drop-off: Goodwill, Salvation Army, Best Buy, Staples, or the Gowanus E-Waste Warehouse. Check out the map for locations and more info: