New York City has collected more than 860,000 pounds of computers, cellphones and other electronics since its recycling program started in November 2013, officials said Wednesday.
One million New Yorkers live in buildings that are signed up for pickup of electronics waste including computers, cellphones, printers and video game consoles, Department of Sanitation officials said.
A New York state law that took effect Jan. 1 bans the disposal of electronic waste for environmental reasons. The law does not apply to batteries or light bulbs, which can be thrown out with the trash.
Under the city program called e-cycleNYC, apartment buildings with at least 10 units can sign up for on-site pickup of electronic items. About 2,500 buildings have enrolled so far and 100 new buildings are signing up each week.
New Yorkers who don’t live in buildings with pickup of discarded electronics can bring them to retailers such as Best Buy or to scheduled disposal events.