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$3 million for electronic waste recycling in New York

Staff Writer |
Governor Andrew M. Cuomo announced that $3 million is available from the Environmental Protection Fund to assist municipalities in New York State with unexpected costs of collection and recycling of eligible electronic wastes.

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New York State consumers are required to recycle electronic waste, such as computers, keyboards, televisions, and small electronic equipment, in an environmentally responsible manner.

These grants, part of the FY2017 State Budget’s record $300 million investment in the Environmental Protection Fund, will mitigate the growing unexpected financial costs so that municipalities can recycle electronic waste efficiently and sustainably.

“New York State is a leader in protecting the environment and promoting sustainability, and the responsible recycling of electronic waste is an essential component of these efforts," Governor Cuomo said. “This funding will provide resources across the state to ensure cleaner communities for all.”

This grant program will be administered through the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation’s Household Hazardous Waste State Assistance Program.

Municipalities will be eligible for reimbursement of up to 50 percent of eligible expenses incurred for collection and recycling of e-waste between April 1, 2016 and March 31, 2017.

Application materials, guidance documents, and important information for Electronic Waste Assistance Grants are available on the Department of Environmental Conservation website.

The Department of Environmental Conservation will accept applications for funding from October 3 to October 31, 2016.

As of January 1, 2015, all New York State consumers must recycle e-waste, such as computers, computer peripherals, televisions, small scale servers, and small electronic equipment.

The 2010 Electronic Equipment Recycling and Reuse Act has resulted in diversion of more than 400 million pounds of e-waste from landfills to reuse and recycling between 2011 and 2015.

The amount of e-waste generated continues to grow, adding to the complexities of the collection process and creating unanticipated financial pressures on local governments that collect e-waste.

The 2016-17 State Budget includes a record level of $300 million for the Environmental Protection Fund, the highest level in the fund’s history and an increase of $138 million since Governor Cuomo took office.

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