It was two years ago today that New York City implemented its ban for residents placing electronic waste on the curb for disposal – subject to a $100 fine. All electronics no longer wanted must now be deposited at a facility – or event – that will pass along that waste directly to the Department of Sanitation (known locally as DSNY – you almost never pronounce their entire name!). This way the ‘waste’ at least gets passed to responsible hands who will sift through it and break it down to its component parts, avoiding unnecessary landfill accumulation. To accommodate the ‘where & when’ question of how to dispose of curbside-illegal items, DSNY have made a map of “retailers and charitable organizations” – perhaps surprisingly, Staples carries the brunt of the retailer burden throughout the boroughs, an area encompassing nearly 9 million residents.
(If the map does not load you can view it here.)
Adafruit make deposits of e-waste with the Lower East Side Ecology Center at their Gowanus (Brooklyn) E-Waste Warehouse – a notable resource as well for makers to scour unwanted, reusable parts for projects.