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Electronics for Residents

Electronic equipment is produced with heavy metals. To keep lead, mercury and cadmium from compromising our ecosystem, New York State banned disposal of certain electronics, and in 2015 we began issuing $100 fines to people who put electronic equipment at the curb for disposal. To make compliance easier, we expanded DSNY’s electronics recycling program and hold SAFE Disposal events.

Types of Banned Equipment

The following equipment is banned from disposal in New York State:

  • Televisions (including cathode ray tubes);
  • Computer peripherals (including any permanently attached cables or wiring);
  • Monitors and laptops;
  • Electronic keyboards;
  • Electronic mice and other pointing devices;
  • Fax machines, document scanners and printers (meant for use with a computer and weigh less than 100 pounds);
  • TV peripherals (including any permanently attached cable or wiring);
  • VCRs;
  • Digital video recorders;
  • DVD players;
  • Digital converter boxes;
  • Cable or satellite receivers;
  • Electronic / video game consoles;
  • Small-scale servers;
  • Portable devices (including any permanently attached cable or wiring); and
  • Portable digital music players.

Cell phones should also be recycled or donated, since their internal, rechargeable batteries can’t be thrown in the garbage. All wireless providers must accept old cell phones for recycling – or you can help victims of domestic violence through the national HopeLine program by dropping off your old phone and charger at a Verizon Wireless retail store.

ecycleNYC + Pick-up at Apartment Buildings

ecycleNYC is a free and convenient recycling service provided by DSNY and ERI. Electronics are recycled domestically following the strictest industry and environmental standards. Plus, it’s safe: As part of this recycling process, all data will be fully erased. These types of products can be recycled:

  • TVs;
  • VCRs, DVRs, and DVD players;
  • Cable and satellite boxes;
  • Video game consoles;
  • Computers, including small servers, monitors, laptops and their peripherals, such as keyboards, hard drives, mice, etc.;
  • Printers and scanners;
  • Fax machines; and
  • Small electronics, including tablets, mobile phones and MP3 players.

Appliances, batteries, and light bulbs are not accepted in the ecycleNYC program.

For residents interested in participating in ecycleNYC, apartment buildings can receive free service:

  1. Buildings with 10 to 99 Units: Residents’ old electronics are stored in a secure, enclosed area before they are picked up by ERI.
  2. Buildings with 100 or more Units: Management stores the residents’ old electronics in a locked bin provided by ecycleNYC.
  3. Buildings with 250 or more Units: Building managers can schedule an outdoor recycling event for building residents to drop off their old electronics.

When it's time for a pick-up, a building manager or staff member can call (212) 437-4647 or email Pick-up is guaranteed within five business days.

Learn more about ecycleNYC.

Enroll in ecycleNYC

E-Waste Collection Pilot

This pilot program provides curbside collection of electronics for Staten Island and North Brooklyn residents, by appointment. Request a pickup

Other Electronics + Helpful Information

Electronic equipment not specifically covered by local or state regulations (such as loose cables, cameras, GPS devices and microwaves) can be discarded with garbage.

Buy electronics made with fewer hazardous chemicals. Products rated as EPEAT Gold, Silver, or Bronze meet certain product and manufacturer standards. EPEAT stands for Electronic Product Environmental Assessment Tool and is an on-line tool that compares computer desktops, laptops and monitors based on their environmental attributes.

Learn How to Safely Dispose of Batteries

E-Waste Disposal Ban Mailer (English/Spanish/Chinese)

New York State Electronic Equipment Recycling and Reuse Act

Where To Recycle Electronics

Retailers. Most retailers will take your old TV or computer when they deliver your new one.

Drop-Off. The Salvation Army and the Lower East Side Ecology Center's Gowanus E-Waste Warehouse accept electronics. Goodwill accepts electronics other than large, old televisions. Apple stores accept any Apple products. Best Buy accepts electronics, including tube TVs under 32 inches and flat-panel TVs under 50 inches. Staples accepts electronics other than TVs. (Fees may apply.)

Special Waste Sites. Bring electronics to designated Special Waste Drop-Off Sites in each borough.

Recycling Events. Bring electronics to a SAFE Disposal event or to a Lower East Side Ecology Center electronics waste event.

Donate or Sell. Visit donateNYC to sell or donate working electronics.

Mail-Back. Many brands offer free mail-back options; check your brand’s website or see the list of electronic equipment manufacturers registered in New York State. If a manufacturer will not recycle your electronics, report the company to the NY State Department of Environmental Conservation online or call 1-800-TIPP DEC (1-800-847-7332).

ecycleNYC. NYC apartment buildings with 10 or more units can sign up with ecycleNYC for free and convenient recycling collection service. See above for complete information. Sign up for ecycleNYC.