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State law bans curbside disposal of electronic waste

Beginning Thursday, a state law goes into effect that makes it illegal to put electronic waste in the garbage or at the curb with other household trash.

The new e-recycling law is aimed at helping to eliminate e-waste from entering landfills and to boost efforts at recycling materials in electronic equipment. The new law prohibits curbside disposal of common electronic gear such as computers and their peripheral equipment, as well as televisions, DVD players, cell phones and other smaller portable electronic devices.

According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, e-waste is the fastest-growing municipal waste stream in the country. Recent cost increases related to e-waste disposal have put pressure on municipal disposal budgets..

Erie County Executive Mark C. Poloncarz said the county has been working with local municipalities represented by the area’s two solid waste boards to increase the availability of e-waste recycling sites in Erie County.