On October 15, 2012, the Product Stewardship Institute released a report concluding that New York state's 2011 electronic waste law, the Electronic Equipment Reuse and Recycling Act, has increased access to e-waste collection sites for rural New Yorkers and has lowered the cost for rural local governments to manage such waste. The report, which analyzed the impact of the law on rural communities, concluded that the expanded market created by the law has lowered the costs for local governments to manage their e-waste.
The report found that some e-waste programs are now cost-neutral for some local governments. According to the report, 40 percent of the waste management officials interviewed reported an increase in the number of electronics collection sites in their communities since the law went into effect. About 65 percent reported lower fees for residents, who were previously charged up to $10 per unit by local recycling programs. The report recommends that the state take additional steps to improve the law, including greater outreach and education to publicize the law, increasing the per capita collection targets set for manufacturers, and providing bonus credits for manufacturers that collect e-waste in remote rural areas.
The report is available at http://tinyurl.com/d9cfsua.