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

Changes To Curbside Collection Of Electronic Waste

In response to New York State regulations, Mayor Byron W. Brown today announced that the City of Buffalo will begin issuing summons to households that leave unwanted electronic waste (e-waste) at the curb.

The New York State Electronic Equipment Recycling and Reuse Act was enacted in 2011. This NYS law made it illegal for the City of Buffalo to dispose of electronic waste at a solid or hazardous waste facility.  As of January 1, 2015 it will also be illegal for residents to dispose of e-waste at the curb for disposal.   In response, the City of Buffalo opened an Electronic Waste Collection Site at 1120 Seneca Street for residents to drop off their electronic waste for recycling at no cost to the resident. Should residents not comply and put electronics out at the curb, they will find a notice on the item or their door advising them of the law— and a $105 fine.  The City of Buffalo has been issuing warning stickers since June 2014.   

“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.