Money is Still Available from the E-Waste Reimbursement Grants

Author: Luann Meyer

Did you miss the opportunity this past fall to submit your expenses for electronic wastes to the NYSDEC for reimbursement?  Good news – only $1.2 million in grant requests were received in October, leaving almost $1.8 million available for a second chance opportunity for municipalities. DEC will accept applications for second chance opportunity funding from January 2 through January 31, 2017. The funding is available for up to 50% of a municipalities e-waste expenses.  Highlights of this round of funding are provided below.    

The window for submitting applications to DEC is very limited – DEC is only going to accept applications during the month of January from January 2, 2017 through January, 31, 2017.

  • All municipalities, public authorities, and school districts are eligible to apply for reimbursement if they incurred actual expenses for the collection/recycling of “covered” e-wastes from April 1, 2016 through December 31, 2016 plus estimated e-waste expenses from January 1, 2017 through March 31, 2017. 

  • Reimbursement requests are limited to 50% of actual and estimated net costs paid for e-waste collection and recycling from April 1, 2016 through March 31, 2017.

  • DEC will accept the e-waste grant applications on their own or as supplements to a Household Hazardous Waste (HHW) grant application.

  • The applications require documentation regarding pounds of e-waste collected and the costs paid to an e-waste recycler during each quarter covered by the grant application.

  • “Covered” e-waste includes the following: 

    • computers such as laptops, desktop computers, tablets and e-readers; 

    • televisions

    • computer peripherals such as monitors, keyboards, mice, FAX machines, scanners, and printers; 

    • small scale servers

    • small electronic equipment such as VCRs, DVRs, portable digital music players, DVD players and projectors, digital converter boxes, electronic or video game consoles including handheld devices, and cable or satellite receivers; and

    • any cable, cord, or wiring accompanying a computer peripheral or small electronic equipment.

For more information or to request assistance with these grant applications, please contact B&L’s Luann Meyer at 585-325-7190 or via e-mail at