Rochdale Village formally began participating in the state’s E-Cycling program last year in January 2015. During that time, RV’s maintenance team placed blue E-cycle bins in the service hallways of each group for collection of electronic equipment. Residents will be happy to know that 28,808 pounds of electronic refuse was packaged and hauled away from this complex for reprocessing by the Department of Sanitation’s E-Waste carters.
The Electronic Equipment Recycling and Reuse Act warrants that specific types of refuse like keyboards, monitors, laptops, mice, tablets, televisions, DVR/VCR’S, gaming equipment, mp3 players, mobile phones and mini servers be disposed of in an environmentally responsible manner. As a result of this Act, it is now illegal to discard computer equipment and other electronic supplies into the general trash according to the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation.
Items that are not accepted into E-Cycling disposal bins are fluorescent light bulbs, household appliances and loose rechargeable batteries, which contain heavy metals like lead and mercury. Standard alkaline batteries can be disposed of in the regular trash.
Stores like Best Buy, Lowes and Staples have recycling stations and “take-back” programs that are established under New York State’s Electronic Equipment Recycling and Reuse Act. Other methods for electronics disposal include drop-offs to the Salvation Army, Goodwill, and other locations.
Don’t forget to remove important data like pictures, personal information, calendars, contact lists and mailboxes from a device before discarding or recycling it. If you bring the device to an independent recycling station, you can ask a representative for help with fully erasing your data if you need assistance.
E-cycling does work. Who would have thought that 28,808 pounds of e-waste could have been collected and disposed of at Rochdale Village in one year? Let’s all continue making progress to reduce our carbon footprint.