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Home > Leadership > Mayor > Archived Press Releases > 2014 Archives > November 2014 > One Final Notification For Proper Disposal

One Final Notification For Proper Disposal


City plans to switch into enforcement mode; violators face fines up to $105

November 27, 2014 – Mayor Byron Brown issued a final notification to city residents today in advance of the city issuing tickets to households that illegally dispose of electronic waste (e-waste) at the curb.  As per New York State regulations, the City of Buffalo is no longer able to collect unwanted electronic waste discarded by individuals at the curb.  (It’s prohibited for city residents to dispose of e-waste at the curb and it’s prohibited for landfills to accept them.) Those who do not comply and continue to put electronics out at the curb face fines up to $105, as per a recent city ordinance amendment passed by the City Council and signed by Mayor Brown.  This action follows a long grace period in Buffalo in which the City of Buffalo Department of Sanitation tagged households with notices, advising suspected violators of the law.

“Electronic waste continues to be a major environmental issue throughout the country and your continuing cooperation is essential for us to provide even better service,” said Mayor Brown. “Please show your support by properly disposing of your e-waste, helping us to further reduce the harmful effects that e-waste can have on the environment.

City of Buffalo residents do have the following options when discarding unwanted electronics, including computers, printers, toner cartridges, computer accessories, televisions, tablets, scanners, audio equipment, video equipment and circuit boards:

  • Check with the local store where it was purchased on their take-back policy. Manufacturers must provide convenient e-waste collection opportunities per New York State law.  Please see or call 518-402-8706.
  • 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.
  • City of Buffalo Senior citizens and disabled residents should contact the Division of Citizen Services (311 or 716-851-4890) for special arrangements.

Saturday, December 6, 2014 is the next ‘First Saturday of the Month’.  The City of Buffalo Engineering Garage will be open for city residents to properly dispose of their e-waste between the hours of 8 a.m. and 2 p.m. 

When thrown out with the garbage, household computers and electronics, which often contain hazardous substances, such as lead, mercury, and PCBs (polychlorinated biphenyls), can contaminate our air, soil and water. Through proper disposal methods or recycling, these hazardous substances are reprocessed and reused in an environmentally-responsible manner. 

  • Items accepted include: 
    • computer systems (CPU’s, monitors, mice, keyboards, printers and scanners), cell phones, fax machines, wires, televisions, video games, VCR’s, and DVD players, small appliances, microwave ovens, fluorescent bulbs and rechargeable batteries.
  • Unaccepted items include: 
    • construction debris, devices with liquid mercury, dry/wet cell batteries, hazardous waste/pesticides, yard equipment, gas powered equipment, or radioactive materials.