New York State (NYS) mandates that residents may not place electronic waste at the curb for pickup. New York State law now requires manufacturers to take responsibility for recycling of electronic equipment that they produce. Manufacturers must provide free and convenient acceptance programs for NYS consumers to properly reuse and recycle their waste electronic equipment. Please visit the NYS Department of Environmental Conservation’s website for a full list of the electronic equipment covered by this law.
Residents can recycle their intact electronic items at the Brookhaven Town Landfill, Monday through Saturday during its operating hours or contact your local retailer to see if they offer any take back programs. A licensed e-waste recycling company, under contract with the Town of Brookhaven, provides safe processing and recycling of these items. Components will be separated into reusable metals, plastics, glass and chemical recyclables. Visit our E-Waste Recycling Events page to learn more. Note: volume accepted must be indicative to residential use. The town has the authority to limit volume and/or reject acceptance of material.
Rechargeable Battery Disposal Ban
No person shall knowingly dispose of rechargeable batteries as solid waste at any time in the state per NYS ECL §27-1805.
The law requires businesses who sell rechargeable batteries to collect and recycle the batteries statewide in a manufacturer funded program at no cost to consumers.
Retailers shall take up to ten such batteries per day from any person regardless of whether such person purchases replacement batteries.
Most rechargeable batteries contain toxic metals that can be released into the environment when improperly disposed. These batteries should not be placed in the garbage. Residents may bring these batteries to the Hazardous Waste (STOP) Facility at the Town Landfill or dispose of them through a retailer.
Batteries covered by the new law: Nickel-cadmium, Sealed lead, Lithium, Ion, Nickel metal hydride, any other such dry cell battery capable of being recharged, battery packs containing any of the above-mentioned batteries.
Please visit the NYS Department of Environmental Conservation’s website for more information regarding rechargeable battery disposal.