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E-waste Recycling May 16, 2018 06:00:11 AM

E-Waste in NYC Waste Stream Recorded Dramatic Decline

Paul Ploumis
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The study attributes the dramatic drop in rate to the City’s innovative electronics recycling initiatives.
E-Waste in NYC Waste Stream Recorded Dramatic Decline

SEATTLE (Scrap Monster): The latest study report published by the New York City Department of Sanitation states that electronic waste in the City’s traditional waste stream has recorded notable decline over the past few years. The quantity of improperly disposed electronic waste has dropped sharply by 60% in 2017, when compared with 2005 levels. The State offers several innovative programs to collect and recycle electronic waste.

The study attributes the dramatic drop in rate to the City’s innovative electronics recycling initiatives. For instance, the award-winning ecycleNYC program takes care of residential e-waste collection for NYC apartment residents. In addition, Staten Island and parts of Brooklyn offers effective curbside e-waste pickup programs. These programs are run in collaboration with ERI-the nation’s leading e-waste recycler, LG Electronics USA and Samsung. Also, the City also offers wide range of drop-off programs and collection events to serve the diverse needs of NYC residents.

According to Sanitation Commissioner Kathryn Garcia, the study boasts the tremendous success of the City’s efforts to reduce, reuse and recycle. Recycling rate has seen significant jump in recent years, which implies that waste thrown away by households has reduced considerably. The results of the study show that there exists scope for further development of the programs in order to achieve better results. The City aims to send zero waste to landfills by 2030, Garcia reminded.

ALSO READ: NYC Household Recycling Rate Surged Significantly in 2017

As of January 1, 2015, disposal of certain types of electronics including computers, televisions, CRTs, computer peripherals, small electronic equipment and small scale servers is banned in landfills, WTE facilities, in the trash, or at curbside for trash pickup. The violation of the above law is likely to result in fine amounting to $100.

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