Don't toss that old laptop in the trash; electronic waste recycling mandatory in New York

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If Santa brings you a shiny new laptop, game console or flat-screen TV, don't toss the old one in the trash.

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Starting Jan. 1, the final phase of New York's 2010 electronics recycling law takes effect, making it illegal for consumers to throw so-called "e-waste" in the garbage.

Violators can be fined $100.

New York's law requires electronics manufacturers to finance a system of collection and recycling for state residents. Best Buy stores accept most electronics from consumers for recycling at no charge, regardless of where the product was purchased.

The Salvation Army, Goodwill Industries, and Staples also accept consumer electronics and send them to a recycler that shreds electronics and reclaims materials.

Information on New York's e-waste law is on the Department of Environmental Conservation website.

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http://on.ny.gov/1wf4FKJ