Here's a look at some of the new laws that take effect in 2015:
• New Yorkers are no longer allowed to place electronic waste on the side of the road for trash pickup.
"No individual or household shall place or dispose of any electronic waste in any solid waste management facility, or place electronic waste for collection which is intended for disposal at a solid waste management facility or hazardous waste management facility in this state," the law reads.
The newly enacted measure is part of the NYS Electronic Equipment Recycling and Reuse Act, a 2010 law that laid out a multi-year plan to require manufacturers to accept computers, televisions and other electronics for free recycling. Some electronics, particularly old televisions and computer monitors, can contain hazardous materials.
Now, if someone in New York places such waste at the curb or places it in a dumpster, they could be hit with a fine of up to $100 for each item. Instead, e-waste has to be taken back to the manufacturer or a state-approved collection site, which includes a variety of electronics stores, landfills and non-profits. The state Department of Environmental Conservation maintains a county-by-county list of collection sites on its website.