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Electronic Return Programs

Electronics are not accepted through Sanitation’s basic curbside recycling program. You can recycle your electronics through return and trade in programs. In 2015 most electronic items will be required by law to be accepted by retailers or manufacturers.

Common Electronic Return Programs

4th Bin: Provides premium pick up service for a fee.

Best Buy: Accepts up to three items per household per day free of charge (size restrictions apply. They also offer haul-away pickup programs from console or large TVs and appliances.

Electronic Manufacturers Recycling Management Company: Offers NY residents a free, postage-paid mail-back program for any brand of electronic equipment, as well as local drop-off locations.

Goodwill Industries: Accepts any brand of old computer and peripherals (keyboards, mice, printers, etc.) for FREE. Residents are responsible for removing data from hard drives.

Lower East Side Ecology Center: Partners with electronics manufacturers and community groups to offer convenient electronics collection and recycling events throughout the five boroughs, as well as a permanent e-waste collection center located in Brooklyn.

Office Depot: Accepts any brand of used electronics for $5, $10, or $15 depending on the size of the item.

Salvation Army: Partners with computer and TV manufacturers to collect any type/brand of consumer electronics for recycling for FREE at their stores.

Sims Recycling Solutions: Offers NY residents a free, postage-paid mail-back program for any brand of electronic equipment, as well as local collection events (see their website for a listing of upcoming events).

Sony: Partners with local retailers to accept small and medium size electronics of any brand. Use their store locator to find a place near you.

Staples: and Hewlett-Packard have partnered to offer free recycling for all brands of electronics at Staples retail locations across the U.S. The recycling service is available to small businesses and individuals who want to recycle old computers, cell phones, MP3 players, and other electronic devices.

NOTE: Sanitation’s mention of these resources does not constitute an endorsement.

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