DEC Accepting Applications for $1.8 Million in E-Waste Recycling Grants

Jan 6, 2017

DEC Accepting Applications for $1.8 Million in E-Waste Recycling Grants

In December, the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC)  announced that a second round of grant funding from the Environmental Protection Fund (EPF) is being made available to help municipalities across the state address costs associated with the collection and recycling of eligible electronic wastes (e-waste).  Approximately $1.8 million in e-waste recycling grants is available for eligible municipalities.  The DEC will accept applications for this second chance opportunity funding from January 2 through January 31, 2017.  The DEC’s recently completed application period in October 2016 generated $1.2 million in grant requests, which left nearly $1.8 million available from the original $3 million in grant funding.

New York's e-waste recycling laws are designed to help protect the environment by diverting such materials from landfills and, instead, maximizing potential opportunities for recycling these wastes. DEC touts its grants as an effort to address the challenges local governments face in addressing e-waste in their communities. This EPF funding program provides municipalities support and flexibility to addressing e-waste in a way that is calculated to keep it out of the state’s waterways and landfills.

As of April 1, 2011, manufacturers have been required to implement programs for consumers to recycle e-waste, such as computers, keyboards, televisions, and other small electronic equipment, in an environmentally responsible manner. Beginning in 2015, all consumers were prohibited from disposing of e-waste.

These grants are intended to help mitigate unanticipated costs municipalities could face in receiving and managing electronic wastes. Funding to support the program has been made available through the 2016-17 State Budget's investment of $300 million in the EPF, the highest level in the fund's history and an increase of $138 million since Governor Cuomo took office.

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