We all know about the need to properly recycle and/or dispose of old electronics since they contain lead, mercury and other harmful chemicals. We also know how this need is increasing as technology continues to advance and the computers and TV’s that we have today become outdated and even obsolete faster than ever. So how do we deal with the ever growing mountain of what has become commonly known as e-waste? The University offers an easy answer for our students and employees by holding an annual collection event. Mark your calendar now for Friday, October 29th. It can be your opportunity to clean house in an environmentally responsible way. More details to come later.
But now, NY State is joining the many other states who have implemented legislation to place some of the responsibility on manufactures. Governor Patterson signed the Electronic Equipment Recycling and Reuse Act in May of this year and by April 2011 manufacturers who sell electronics in NY will be required to take back equipment from the public to be recycled. The act is geared towards items that are commonly used at home such as computers & computer peripherals (i.e. keyboards, mice, printers, monitors, etc.), TV’s, VCR’s, DVD players, and even video game consoles.
This could be good news for electronics recycling companies who are looking to expand their business and will make it more convenient for the general public to properly dispose of their equipment. For more information and a listing of e-waste collection sites, please visit the DEC’s website at: http://www.dec.ny.gov/chemical/65583.html.