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E-waste Banned from Regular Trash in NY Beginning Jan. 1

ewasteA new state law in New York will require the recycling of electronics beginning Jan. 1, 2015. Beginning on that day, consumers wishing to get rid of old computers and monitors, phones, keyboards, TVs and other electronic gear will have to drop them off at participating retail stores or at local recycling events.

“Encouraging the recycling of electronic equipment keeps both harmful components and valuable recyclable materials out of the waste stream and the environment,” Sanitation Commissioner Kathryn Garcia said at a City Council hearing Tuesday (via the New York Post).

Violations will result in fines of $100, though a hearing on the new fines will not be held until Jan. 13.

Education will include 30-second spots that will play in taxis and on local channels. Mailers are being sent to residents, and building super and manager recycling trainings have highlighted the upcoming ban for over a year.

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