Final Rules Governing the Disposal of Electronic Waste

Adopted Rules: Closed to Comments

Effective Date: 
Friday, March 20, 2015
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The purpose of the rule is to prohibit electronic waste from being set out for solid waste or recycling collection in New York City and to establish that it will be a violation for electronic waste to be placed out for solid waste or recycling collection.

As of January 1, 2015, the New York State Electronic Equipment Recycling and Reuse Act (Chapter 99 of the laws of 2010, codified as Title 26 of Article 27 of the Environmental Conservation Law) prohibits persons from disposing of electronic waste as solid waste in the State of New York.  This act prohibits electronic waste from being placed or disposed of in any solid waste management facility, or being placed out for collection for disposal at a solid waste management facility or hazardous waste management facility in the state of New York. Therefore, the Department of Sanitation (“DSNY”) is amending its rules to clarify that it is a violation for any person to place electronic waste out for solid waste or recycling collection.           

Pursuant to section 753 of the New York City Charter, the Commissioner of DSNY is charged with responsibility for the functions and operations of the City related to waste disposal. Section 1043 of the New York City Charter authorizes agencies to adopt rules necessary to carry out the duties delegated to them by law. Additionally, DSNY has authority under sections 16-118 and 16-120 of the New York City Administrative Code to issue violations to persons who improperly dispose of solid waste. 

To further clarify the responsibilities placed upon persons placing electronic waste out for collection by a private carter, DSNY added definitions of hazardous waste management facility and solid waste management facility to the final rule.