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What NYC Businesses need to know about Electronic Waste and Battery Recycling

Most commercial tenants do not realize the hazards associated with improper computer disposal and careless battery disposal until its too late.  

For some time, throwing out electronics (e-waste) and batteries was simply "Out of Sight, Out of Mind."   While this seems like the easy way out, consumers and companies should take warning when going through an office clean out or move.  Disposing of used batteries or IT equipment like its regular trash is and will always be a compliance nightmare, not to mention, simply "wrong!"  Why you may ask? Because data breaches and environmental health issues are not only at risk that could take years to resolve, but a company’s wallet and reputation could be faced with big fines and irreparable damage. Below are some of the various laws in effect, fines and charges a company could face if violated.



Regulations and Fines for the proper recycling of electronic waste and data destruction:

Gramm-Leach-Bliley Act:

The Federal Trade Commission administers the Gramm-Leach-Bliley Act, and compliance is mandatory.  There are severe penalties for non-compliance: imprisonment for up to 5 years, steep fines or both. A financial institution can be fined up to $100,000 for each violation; officers and directors can be fined up to $10,000 for each violation.

Fair and Accurate Credit & Transaction Act (FACTA):

If large numbers are affected, a class action law suit may be brought forth to seek damages. For instance, if 1,000 consumers were affected, a class action lawsuit of $1,000,000 could be entered against the violating person or business. Punitive damages can also be awarded by courts in a class action or individual suit. Any successful plaintiff, or class of plaintiffs, is eligible to recover attorney’s fees. Federal Enforcements include penalties of $2,500 for each independent violation of FACTA and State Enforcement authorizes to recover up to $1,000 per violation. Statutory damages of up to $1,000 may also be ordered for each consumer affected by this violation of rule.



Regulations and Fines for Improper Battery Recycling

Rechargeable Battery Recycling Law:

The EPA may require compliance and/or assess a civil penalty of up to $10,000 for each violation of the labeling, easy removability, and Title II requirements of the Act. Minimum assessment at $50 per violation

NY State Laws: (Electronic Equipment Recycling and Reuse Act):

Consumers who violate the provisions are subject to a civil penalty of $100 for each violation.

Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA):

  1. Non Compliance for each violation of subtitle C requirement:  Up to $37,500 per day per each violation
  2. Violation of Compliance Orders: up to $37,500 per day per each violation
  3. Civil Penalty in violation of Subtitle C – Up to $37,500 per each violation. Each day constitutes a separate violation
  4. Interim Status Corrective Action Orders: Up to $37,500 per day of non compliance
  5. Compliance Orders who violates requirements under Subtitle I - Up to $37,500 per day of non compliance
  6. Knowing/Alteration/Destruction or Concealment of Records: 5 years imprisonment and/or $50,000 per violation. Penalties double for subsequent violations
  7. Knowing Endangerment: 15 years imprisonment and/or $250,000 or $1,000,000 if Organization.


Regulations and Fines for the improper recycling of Electronics and Data Destruction for Hospitals and Health Information Technology Centers:

 Criminal Violations:

  • “Knowingly” disclose persons information: $50,000 and 1 year imprisonment
  • Under False pretenses: $100,000 and 5 years imprisonment
  • Intent to sell, gain or transfer: $250,000 and 10 years imprisonment


Avoiding the small cost now to responsibly recycle is a mistake that could tarnish your company's reputation that took years to build. So while the easy way out of disposing computers and batteries using a "free or cheap" junk lugger may seem like a win at the time, consider the costs if something goes wrong once.  This small investment now will save you a fortune later. Not to mention the plenty of headlines in recent news to take warning from. 



It is important to entrust your sensitive material with a recycler who is fully certified, in compliance with state and federal regulations and whose downstream vendors are as well.

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MYBRS is a local service provider with it's facility located in Brooklyn NY registered with the NY State Dept. Of Environmental Conservation. Please contact us if we can help your firm with its recycling needs.

 718.858.3600 or email


The MYBRS Team


Recycling Electronics in New York: Why it's our future

Electronics have been a part of our existence for some time now - since, 1835! For years, we have seen the transformation from the first remote switch called a relay to technological advances in computers, medical devices, cars...the list goes on!

What we didn't know for years, was how we were disposing of it was creating an immense hazard on the environment, the health of people around the world and the security of individuals and organizations information.  


We tend to not really think about where our electronic waste goes after we trade in our old computer or iphone for the latest versions. 

But truth is, Our E-Waste would somehow become home to various lakes and rivers spilling their chemicals into waters around the globe. This harmed our ecosystems and women, children and men who resided in these areas.  Not too mention, your personal information became high risk to be stolen! Not properly disposing of electronics does not create any good, only harm; to yourself, loved ones, your community and organization. 

While going green was a mindset for some time, we are thankful New York State believes in proper recycling as well! ...And has a steep regulation on recycling electronics.

NYS consumers are now required to recycle electronic waste, such as computers, computer peripherals, televisions, small scale servers, and small electronic equipment, etc., in an environmentally responsible manner.  The NYS Electronic Equipment Recycling and Reuse Act (PDF) (39 kB), requires manufacturers to provide free and convenient recycling of electronic waste to most consumers in the state. 

So where do we come in and how can we help

MYBRS takes such pride in not only being an advocate for sustainability but has created a process with its consumers to make recycling easy and efficient. 

We offer collection containers that sit onsite for an on demand or monthly service as well as hard drive shredding to keep all of that sensitive data safe from being breached. 

We have partnered with certified industry leading downstream vendors in America that comply with laws & regulations to ensure safety to the environment and compliance for one's personal and business information. 

E-Waste Collection is our future for multiple reasons; the first and most important is for our dedication in creating a cleaner and safer place for our children. It is in our obligation to our future that we protect our environment and information. With technology constantly seeing advancements and its evolution always on the rise, it is crucial to understand how properly disposing of them is vital.

Join us in being a step toward a healthier, safer, sustainable future!

How we handle UPS Battery Recycling

The removal and disposition of Lead Acid Batteries from Uninterruptible Power Supply (UPS) systems require standards of safety in which ensure minimal disruption on site, environmental compliance and safe transportation.  My Battery Recyclers specializes in just that!

We take compliance and efficiency very serious. Our team takes pride in running a systematic process to achieve an organized, clean, transparent and safe operation from start to finish. No matter the project size, MYBRS is your reliable recycling firm.

Our latest NYC recycling project was at a large health care provider who needed battery recycling done right.