NYSAC Old TVs and Computers Impacting Local Property Tax Bills Old and unwanted television sets and other electronic waste are costing local taxpayers millions of dollars a year to process, according to the New York State Association of Counties (NYSAC), a municipal association working to encourage state policies that place those costs squarely on the shoulders of the electronics manufacturers who profit when consumers buy new technology devices.
Despite the 2010 NYS Electronic Equipment Recycling and Reuse Act and a $3 million e-waste grant program enacted as part of the 2016-17 State Budget, local governments are still carrying the larger share of the electronic waste being recycled across the state.
NYSAC and the New York State Association for Solid Waste Management (NYSASWM) have conducted a small sample survey to better understand current e-waste needs. The sample survey of 50 municipalities found that:
Respondents process 9,224 tons of e-waste collected annually.
Respondents collectively spend over $3,000,000 in direct out-of-pocket expenses annually. This amount is equal to the entire 2016/2017 appropriation for e-waste grants. These expenses are eligible for 50% reimbursement under the e-waste grant program, and still face high costs to responsibly manage e-waste.
Most local governments pay between $0.10/lb and $0.30/lb to recycle e-waste. The Town of Babylon had the highest reported fee of $0.40/lb and Tioga County had the second highest fee of $0.35/lb.