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Electronic Waste Collection Diverts Millions of Pounds of T.V.’s From Landfills

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State officials say more than 318 million pounds of electronic waste was diverted from landfills during the first three years of New York’s electronics recycling law.

DEC Acting Commissioner Basil Seggos said in a statement Monday that DEC will provide funds to help municipalities deal with a glut of old televisions and computer monitors. He said DEC will also be stepping up enforcement to ensure full compliance with the law.

The final phase of New York’s 2010 electronics recycling law took effect in January 2015, making it illegal for consumers to throw so-called “e-waste” in the garbage.

The New York Association of Counties wants lawmakers to amend the e-waste recycling law to require manufacturers to collect e-waste.

Cortland County is struggling with the electronic waste recycling program after state funding for the collections ran out last year. The county has talked about charging to collect the electronic items but so far has taken no action.

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