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If you are a New York State resident, small business, or non-profit organization of a certain size or type, manufacturers must accept your electronics for recycling free of charge. For information about these programs, as well as asset recovery programs for large businesses and organizations, visit the electronics take-back page.

If selecting your own electronics recycler or trade-in service, it is important to find out how they process and recycle the materials they collect to verify they act in an environmentally and socially responsible manner. Be sure to contact the recycling company or facility for details about their process and their end markets.

NYC Mayoral Agencies must utilize the Citywide Agency Safe Handling Contract to dispose of these items.

Recycle for Charity

Computers for Youth leaving NYCWasteLess
Accepts donations of used computers from companies to improve the home learning environment of school children from low income families.

National Cristina Foundation leaving NYCWasteLess
Accepts used computers that are then recycled or refurbished and placed with educational and nonprofit organizations.

World Computer Exchange leaving NYCWasteLess
Helps to bridge the global digital divide for youth all over the world by expanding local capacity for the educational use and responsible disposal of computers. Arranges pick up for large donations; accepts small donations through the mail.

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Trade-In Programs for Computers and Electronics

Please note that most of these progarms will accept your items for recycling even if they are appraised at little or no value. The following vendors are all certified, click the logos for more info.

BestBuy leaving NYCWasteLess R2 Certifiede-stewards certified
Use the BestBuy trade-in estimator to value your product, print a pre-paid shipping label or find a participating trade-in store, and claim your gift card. BestBuy will also recycle the item for free if it has no value. leaving NYCWasteLess  R2 Certifiede-stewards certified
Sell used and broken cell phones, tablets, and iPods.

HP Trade In leaving NYCWasteLess R2 Certified
Get a free quote, purchase a new HP product, ship your product back, receive cash back.

J&R Music leaving NYCWasteLess R2 Certifiede-stewards certified
In-store and online trade-in programs. A sales associate or customer service representative will value the device and give you a gift card or store credit. Or, get a quote online and get a check, gift card or e-gift card mailed to you.

RadioShack leaving NYCWasteLess R2 Certified
Trade in store or trade online. RadioShack will appraise the item and apply the credit toward a new purchase or mail you a gift card.

Sony leaving NYCWasteLess R2 Certifiede-stewards certified partners with local retailers to accept small and medium size electronics of any brand. Use their store locator to find a place near you.

Target leaving NYCWasteLess R2 Certifiede-stewards certified
The NextWorth trade-in program allows you to trade-in your new or used iPod, iPhone, video game, GPS system, camera, and DVDs and Blu-ray discs for a Target GiftCard. You can use the calculator to get an estimate of the value of your item and ship your item by printing off the pre-paid shipping label. In 10-14 days you'll receive a Target GiftCard for the approved value. leaving NYCWasteLess R2 Certified
Use to generate a value for your used electronics. Appraise it, ship it with a pre-paid shipping label, and get paid in the form of a gift card.

Walmart leaving NYCWasteLess R2 Certified
Walmart offers trade-in for electronics in exchange for a Walmart eGift card. leaving NYCWasteLess R2 Certified
Sell your used gadgets for reuse or recycling, including cell phones, MP3 players, digital cameras, calculators, laptops, gaming devices, external drives, and tablet e-readers.

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Computer and Electronics Recyclers

The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation maintains a list of electronic waste recycling facilities leaving NYCWasteLess in New York State registered under the NY State Electronic Equipment Recycling and Reuse Act.

When choosing an electronics recycler, it is important to choose a reputable recycler. There are a variety of certification programs available to help you do that.

Basel Action Network (BAN) e-Stewards Certified Recyclers leaving NYCWasteLess
Provides a list of BAN e-Stewards certified recyclers.

Responsible Recycling ("R2") Certified Recyclers leaving NYCWasteLess
Provides a list of R2 certified recyclers.

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Recycling Certifications

When searching for electronics recyclers, it has been historically difficult to ensure that the materials being recycled are being handled in a reputable and responsible manner. There are various certification programs available to help in the choice of a recycler. 

e-stewardsleaving NYCWasteLess  e-stewards certified a project of the Basel Action Network leaving NYCWasteLess was created to help ensure that toxic materials are handled responsibly. This includes no disposal in landfills or incinerators, no prison labor, and no export to poor communities. The certifications is accredited by the ANSI-ASQ National Accreditation Board, and recognized by the US EPA.

R2/RIOS: leaving NYCWasteLess R2 Certifieda program of the  Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries leaving NYCWasteLess was created in coopoerative with a range of electronics recycling stakeholders to combine quality, environmental, health and safety requirements in a single mqanagement system. The certifications is accredited by the ANSI-ASQ National Accreditation Board, and recognized by the US EPA.

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Recycling Databases

DigitalTips leaving NYCWasteLess
Find out how and where to reuse and recycle electronics.

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Data Wiping Service

Blancco's Data Cleaner leaving NYCWasteLess
Blancco PC Edition is for PC hard disk data erasure and is used extensively for reuse needs.

Darik's Boot and Nuke leaving NYCWasteLess
Self-contained boot disk that securely wipes the hard disks of most computers.

Eraser leaving NYCWasteLess
Advanced security tool for Windows which allows you to completely remove sensitive data from your hard drive by overwriting it several times with carefully selected patterns.

DSNY does not endorse, has not tested, and cannot guarantee the quality of the data wiping software mentioned above.

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