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Home > Leadership > Mayor > Archived Press Releases > 2014 Archives > June 2014 > Changes To Curbside Collection Of Electronic Waste

Changes To Curbside Collection Of Electronic Waste

Mayor Byron W. Brown today announced that, as per New York State regulations, the City of Buffalo will no longer collect unwanted electronic waste (e-waste) discarded by individuals at the curb.  It’s illegal for city residents to dispose of e-waste at the curb and it’s illegal for landfills to accept them.  Should residents not comply and continue to put electronics out at the curb, they are likely to find a notice on the item or their door advising them of the law— at least for the first offense.  If someone continues to place electronics outside at the curb, he or she would face a $75 fine.

“Electronic waste continues to be a major environmental issue throughout the country.  That is why the City of Buffalo took a progressive step in 2012 by opening an E-Waste Drop off location at the City of Buffalo Engineering Garage.  This next step will further protect the health of our residents and the environment from potentially harmful materials when not disposed of properly,” said Mayor Brown.
City of Buffalo residents do have the following options when discarding unwanted electronics, including computers, printers, toner cartridges, computer accessories, televisions, tablets, scanner, audio equipment, video equipment and circuit boards:

  1. When electronic equipment is purchased, check with the local store where it was purchased on their take-back policy.  Manufacturers must provide free and convenient collection per New York State law.
  2. City of Buffalo residents can drop off electronic waste for recycling at the City of Buffalo Engineering Garage, located at 1120 Seneca Street.  The site is open Monday through Friday 8:00AM—3:00PM and the first Saturday of the month from 8:00AM—2:00PM.     
  3. Senior citizens or disabled residents should contact the Division of Citizen Services (311 or 716-851-4890) for special arrangements.