The Universal Waste Rule (UWR), 6 NYCRR Part 374-3, has been in effect in New York state since January 6, 2000. Due to mercury and other hazardous waste components, lamps, batteries and electronics have been regulated and required to be removed by a licensed, registered recycler. https://www.dec.ny.gov/chemical/99942.html
The NYS Electronic Equipment Recycling and Reuse Act (PDF, 39 KB), requires manufacturers to provide free and convenient recycling of electronic including individuals and businesses. Many office supply and electronics chains offer this service as well as collect toner and ink cartridges throughout the city.
A Universal Waste Transporter treats and recycles Universal Waste keeping toxic chemicals out of the landfills and prevents them from seeping into our water systems.