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Electronics

The New York State Electronic Equipment Recycling and Reuse Act bans the disposal of the following type of electronic equipment:

  • Computers, including items like tablets and e-readers
  • Televisions (as well as cathode ray tubes)
  • Small scale servers
  • Computer peripherals, including any permanently attached cable or wiring
  • Monitors
  • Electronic keyboards
  • Electronic mice and other pointing devices
  • Fax machines, document scanners, and printers that are meant for use with a computer and weigh less than 100 lbs.
  • TV peripherals, including any permanently attached cable or wiring
  • VCRs
  • Digital video recorders
  • DVD players
  • Digital converter boxes
  • Cable or satellite receivers
  • Electronic or video game consoles
  • Portable devices, including any permanently attached cable or wiring
  • Portable digital music players

There are several ways to get rid of unwanted electronics, including donating them to a charity, selling them, trading them in, or recycling them. Before getting rid of electronics, be sure to erase all sensitive data. NYC agencies must follow agency relinquishment procedures.

Donations, Resale & Trade-Ins

Donate, sell, or trade in working electronics

Recycling

If the electronics are no longer working or useful, they should be recycled. Find out if you have an existing disposal contract to manage electronics. Certain equipment may have come with a lease agreement or manufacturer’s end-of-life service contract. Some manufacturers also offer asset recovery programs.

Agencies and nonprofits with fewer than 75 employees are eligible for free and convenient electronics recycling provided by manufacturers. Contact your product manufacturer or see take-back programs for electronics for more information.

Although larger agencies and nonprofits are not eligible for these free recycling services, many manufacturers offer similar take-back programs for a fee. Large agencies and nonprofits can also hire a third party recycler. When choosing a recycler, look for e-stewards or R2 certification to help ensure that your electronics are recycled responsibly. The NYS Department of Environmental Conservation maintains a list of registered recyclers.

Mayoral agencies should use the Agency Safe Handling contract to safely and responsibly recycle electronics. Contract pricing may be available to non-mayoral agencies and nonprofits.