The County Waste and Recycling News section is here to provide you with useful information about recycling and proper waste disposal. We will also keep you up-to-date on our community involvement.
Electronics Require Special Recycling
To better manage the disposal of electronic waste in the state of New York, beginning Jan. 1, 2015, it became illegal for consumers to dispose of certain types of electronic equipment in landfills, the trash, and waste-to-energy facilities.
At County Waste and Recycling Montgomery, we want to remind all of our customers that the electronics listed below are not allowed in any County Waste container.
- Computers (including laptops, desktops, tablets and e-readers) You should erase personal information before recycling.
- Cathode ray tubes
- Computer peripherals (including any cable, cord, or wiring accompanying the computer peripheral.)
- Electronic keyboards
- Electronic mice or similar pointing devices
- Facsimile machines, document scanners, and printers (only those intended for use with a computer and weighing less than 100 lbs.)
- Small electronic equipment (including any cable, cord, or wiring accompanying the small electronic equipment.)
- 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)
- Small scale servers
To check if an electronic device is covered by this law, please call the NYS Dept of Environment at (518) 402-8706 or email email@example.com.
Did you know that each year, consumers throw away 400 million units of electronic equipment potentially polluting the environment with toxins like lead, mercury and cadmium?
The state offers these two options for the proper disposal of electronics:
- First, consumers can use a Manufacturer’s Takeback Program. The takeback program requires manufacturers of electronic equipment to take back their brands for recycling. Learn more about the Take Back Program.
- Second, go to an electronic waste collection site. A list of registered New York State registered waste sites can be found NYS Electronic Waste Collection Sites. Note that you may be charged a fee to use this option.
Orange County NY – Electronic Recycling
According to the Orange County website, Orange County transfer stations are temporarily not accepting electronics. Please call the county at (845) 291-2664 for the status of electronic recycling.