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E-Waste Recycling Access Improves with New York EPR Law – ReportE-Waste Recycling Access Improves with New York EPR Law – Report

Allan Gerlat

October 16, 2012

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E-Waste Recycling Access Improves with New York EPR Law – Report

Access to electronic waste recycling has increased for rural residents in New York following the passage of the state’s e-waste recycling law, according to a new report.

The study by the Boston-based Product Stewardship Institute Inc. (PSI) reports that 40 percent of the waste and recycling facility managers interviewed noted an increase in the number of electronics collection sites in their communities since the state’s Electronic Equipment Reuse and Recycling Act took effect about one and a half years ago, according to a PSI news release.

Sixty-give percent of those managers reported decreased out-of-pocket fees for residents. Residents had been charged fees of up to$10 per unit for participating in their communities' voluntary recycling programs.

 "These results show that, with a well-designed program supported by manufacturers, rural districts can experience nearly the same level of recycling service as their urban and suburban counterparts," said PSI CEO Scott Cassel.

The New York extended producer responsibility (EPR) law requires electronics manufacturers fund and develop infrastructure for the recovery and recycling of used electronics throughout the state. This includes ensuring that there is at least one collection site in every county and population center of more than 10,000 residents.

About the Author(s)

Allan Gerlat

News Editor, Waste360

Allan Gerlat joined the Waste360 staff in September 2011 as news editor. He was the editor of Waste & Recycling News for the first 16 years of its history, and under his guidance the publication won 27 national and regional awards.

Before Waste & Recycling News, Allan worked at another Crain Communications publication, Rubber & Plastics News, which covers rubber product manufacturing. He began with the publication as associate editor and eventually became managing editor, a position he held for nine years.

Allan is a graduate of Ohio University, where he earned a BS in journalism. He is based in Sagamore Hills, in northeast Ohio.

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