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NJ E-Waste Recycling Law Enters 2nd Year

Drop-off locations in Toms River

Unwanted televisions, computers, electronic tablets, e-book readers and monitors that have been replaced by new electronic holiday gifts cannot be tossed into the trash but must be recycled as required by the state's one-year-old Electronic Waste Management Act, which generated an estimated 40 million pounds of recycled e-waste last year in New Jersey, Department of Environmental Protection Commissioner Bob Martin said in a prepared statement.

This is a five-fold increase in e-waste tonnage over the approximately 8 million pounds collected in 2010, and an amount that is expected to increase this year as the program expands and improves in all 21 counties in New Jersey.

"This program has been a great initial success in helping to clean up our state, to ensure these old TVs and computers do not end up in landfills or incinerators,'' Martin said. "But we still have to fill gaps in this program to ensure that all appropriate electronic waste is recycled and that everyone has convenient options for recycling.''

Electronic waste makes up 2 percent of the solid waste disposed in New Jersey. But as a result of consumer demand for new technologies, and subsequent disposal of old devices, e-waste is growing two to three times faster than any other component of the solid waste stream.

Those discarded TVs, computers and computer monitors contain lead, mercury, cadmium, nickel, zinc, brominated flame retardants and other materials. Cathode Ray Tubes, or CRTs, contain large amounts of lead that is used to shield consumers from radiation.

Improperly handling discarded electronics, without proper controls, or simply tossing the materials in the trash can expose hazardous chemical compounds that are known to negatively affect human and environmental health.

The Electronic Waste Management Act, which took effect Jan. 1, 2011, bans disposal of televisions and all personal or portable computers–including desktop, notebook and laptop computers, as well as computer monitors–in the regular waste stream. Manufacturers of these devices now fund the collection of e-waste so that it is free for consumers.

State residents can no longer put TVs, computers and monitors out on the curb for regular trash collection pickup. Instead, these items must be taken to a drop-off point, such as a county or municipal solid waste collection center or a participating electronics retail store. Best Buy stores statewide and community-based service programs, most notably Goodwill Industries and the Salvation Army, also accept these materials.

The Electronic Waste Management Act does not cover cell phones, DVD players, VCRs, game consoles, or other electronic devices, although some retailers and service organizations provide opportunities for recycling these items.

"The DEP is seeking to improve understanding of the e-waste recycling law and improve compliance in 2012 through education, including a planned major e-waste outreach and education campaign,'' said DEP Assistant Commissioner of Environmental Management Jane Kozinski. "So, whether you received a new television, iPad or desktop computer or gave one as a gift, be sure to tell your family and friends of this new system to handle your e-waste.''

There currently is one location in Toms River where people can drop off their e-waste:  , where only IBM-branded e-waste is accepted. 

Toms River Public Works will not pick-up e-waste as part of its normal recycling or garbage pick-up, and a bulk pick-up cannot be scheduled, either. Instead, electronic equipment (computers, monitors, TV's, microwaves, etc.) must be dropped off at the , 1672 Church Road in Toms River.

Click here for the entire state-wide list of drop-off sites.

Project Bluebeam January 14, 2012 at 09:34 PM
"Toms River Public Works will not pick-up e-waste as part of its normal recycling or garbage pick-up, and a bulk pick-up cannot be scheduled, either. Instead, electronic equipment (computers, monitors, TV's, microwaves, etc.) must be dropped off at the Recycling Convenience Center, 1672 Church Road in Toms River." OK, for argument's sake...what does a person without a car do? Or a disabled person? Or the elderly? Must have been part of the union contract...
Laci January 14, 2012 at 10:41 PM
You ask the person who drove you to Shop-Rite, if they can make a quick stop to the Public Works Center to properly recycle the item or just put it by the curb with a sign saying, "Free". That way the crooks in this town don't have to break into your house to steal it anyway.
rich January 15, 2012 at 03:09 PM
What kind of Moron are you, The Union would love to have a extra truck out there to pick up these Items,It would keep them working,In Fact the union Asked for a extra pickup for these Items,because of the elderly in our area .So Far the Township has said no.Your comment only shows Ignorance
Bobbielyn Harrsch January 15, 2012 at 09:54 PM
Laci, I do not have a car, I do not have someone who drives me on any kind of a regular basis to do my shopping, I do most of it by ten speed bicycle or the bus. The ocean ride bus will not allow you to even bring a new tv home on the bus, so don't suggest that is how I do it, as to trying to do so on a ten speed bike I can not make it across the bridge on my own, never mind with the bulk of a tv or monitor. I am all for e'waste recycling, just if it is going to be mandatory then there should be some provision for it's pick up. I am sure I am not the only person who would need the pick ups. To make the assumption that everyone who does not drive has friends who are willing to go out of their way ( most who give rides to the grocery store offer to take a person when they do their own ) can I ask how many people you cart around?) Then there are people who do like a few of my friends do, 3 will take the bus to the store do their shopping, then split the cab fair home, how do you propose that they do it?
Laci January 15, 2012 at 11:33 PM
Give me your address and I'll come pick it up for you and bring it to public works for you.

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