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Manufacturer Obligations Under New York's E-Waste Law


July 31, 2017


Webinar only

This event was coordinated with the New York Department of Environmental Conservation.

New York’s Electronic Equipment Recycling and Reuse Act requires manufacturers to provide free and convenient recycling of electronic waste, or e-waste—including computers, computer peripherals, televisions, small scale servers, and small electronic equipment—to most consumers in the state.

ELI and New York’s Department of Environmental Conservation presented a comprehensive, two-hour webinar to help manufacturers know their  obligations under the Act. Participants received a solid grounding in the law’s background and scope, including practical guidelines for navigating New York’s online registration and reporting system.  

Key elements include:

  • Understanding the amount of e-waste designated as each manufacturer’s responsibility to collect every year, along with surcharges imposed for falling short of meeting the goal, procedures for requesting a waiver and using credits earned by exceeding the goal
  • Maintaining a convenient e-waste acceptance program, including permitted methods for collecting e-waste and best practices, opportunities to partner with other manufacturers in a collective and obligations to accept other manufacturers’ brands
  • Due diligence in selecting a qualified recycler
  • Public education program criteria, labeling and recordkeeping requirements, and responsibilities to retailers
  • Enforcement and penalties
  • Accessing additional resources and support
  • New developments in the statewide program, including updates on new regulations, and how manufacturers can stay apprised and be involved in the process

Cynthia Harris, Staff Attorney, ELI
Brett Korte, Staff Attorney and Director, Associates Programs, ELI
Jay Pendergrass, Vice President, Programs and Publications, ELI
Peter van Erp, Environmental Program Specialist, NYS Dept. of Environmental Conservation Division of Materials Management
Glenn Hewitt, Environmental Program Specialist, NYS Dept. of Environmental Conservation Division of Materials Management

Powerpoint presentation

Additional Resources:
Covered Electronic Equipment Manufacturer Requirements (NYS DEC)
Covered Electronic Equipment
New York State Municipalities with a Population of 10,000+
Common Problems with Manufacturer/Collective E-waste Acceptance Programs
Important Statutory Sections
NYS Certification Fee Form
NYS Manufacturer Annual Report Certification Form
NYS E-waste Program Annual Reporting Fee Invoice