LIVINGSTON COUNTY — Part of a 2012 environmental law limiting the disposal of electronic devices went into effect on Thursday, the first day of the new year, says that you can be fined if your roadside trash visibly contains electronic devices.
The new law, Article 27 of the Environmental Conservation Law, which includes the “Disposal Ban,” says that anyone whose trash contains any of the items defined in the items defines computers, cell phones, printers, scanners, cables, cords, or other items defined can now be fined $100.
“Beginning January first, two thousand fifteen,” says Article 27, “no individual or household shall place or dispose of any electronic waste in any solid waste management facility, or place electronic waste for collection which is intended for disposal at a solid waste management facility or hazardous waste management facility in this state.”
The DEC will be checking for any visible electronic devices in roadside trash bags, and garbage companies will be harshly fined if they take any trash bags visibly containing electronic devices.
However, local computer service hotspot Notebook Tek says that it has always been a free recycling center, and do not charge their customers any recycling fees Notebook Tek partnered up with a very well known state and federal regulated recycling enterprise that will properly dispose of the waste material, which they say can harm the environment.
“Most electronic devices contain heavy metals, like mercury, lead, cadmium, beryllium etc…” says Notebook Tek’s Facebook page. “These go into our landfills and poison the ground.”
Notebook Tek is located at 94 Main Street in Geneseo, and can be reached at 585-245-0055.
PHOTO CAPTION: E-waste. (Photo/Flickr.com)