Since 2014 New Yorkers have been limited in what we can throw away in our weekly trash pickup.

According to the NYS Electronic Equipment Recycling and Reuse Act, New York residents and electronic consumers are required to recycle most of their old electronics instead of disposing of them in the trash. Electronic waste items like computers, peripherals, old televisions, small-scale servers, and small electronic equipment are requested to be disposed of in an environmentally responsible manner.

Because of this, the state has also sponsored several non-profit companies to serve as electronic recyclers and to offer free electronic waste disposal to New Yorkers.

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Sunking, one of the companies designated by New York State, is hosting several free electronic recycling events in Western New York over the next few weeks.

The first event takes place on Saturday, September 17, 2022, in Niagara Falls, New York from 8:30 am until 12-noon.

The event is accepting all sorts of e-waste as required by NYS law. It's a drive-thru event, so you actually can stay in your vehicle, and workers will take the items from your car and dispose of them for you. They'll take computers and accessories, data center equipment, mobile devices, office equipment, lab & medical equipment, and other miscellaneous stuff like batteries and other random things.

In addition to this event in Niagara Falls, there are other events scheduled for the coming weeks:

  • October 15, 2022, at Monroe County Community College
  • October 29, 2022, at the New York State Fairgrounds
  • November 12, 2022, at the NYS DDSO in West Seneca

For more information about e-recycling and what can and cannot be tossed out in your regular trash, you can check the New York State Department of Environmental Conversations website right here. You can also contact your local department of sanitation.

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