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Recycling electronics, such as cell phones, televisions, and computers (along with rechargeable batteries found in many of these items), keeps potentially harmful materials out of the waste stream and the environment.

However, with the exception of rechargeable batteries, it is still legal for NYC residents to discard electronics in the trash until the year 2015.

Effective 2015, certain electronic equipment (such as computers and televisions) will be banned from disposal, everything else can be legally discarded as trash. 

NYC residents can recycle working & non-working COMPUTERS, TVs, and RELATED DEVICES through legally-mandated programs funded by electronics manufacturers (at no cost to residents and no purchase required). Specific examples of these types of take back programs include drop-off at Goodwill, Salvation Army, Best Buy, Staples (no TVs), and other locations.

NYC apartment buildings can sign up for e-cycleNYC, a new innovative program that will provide buildings with a free and convenient service to pick up and recycle unwanted electronics.

To manage your electronics legally and responsibly, take advantage of take-back, reuse, and recycling programs. Below you will find information specific to certain products (covered by law or commonly recycled) and across certain sectors (different requirements for residents, governments, and businesses). Products that are not specifically addressed below may still have reuse or recycling options.

applicable laws
info for residents
info for agencies & schools
info for businesses & institutions  

ALSO SEE:
ny state electronics recycling law
frequently asked questions
electronics purchasing tips
electronics products and services
cell phone products and services


Applicable Laws 

A combination of local and state laws dictate the management of these items:


Info for Residents

REUSE AND RECYCLING OPTIONS
take-back progams
DSNY SAFE disposal events 
e-cycleNYC
trade-in progams
national charities
nyc stuff exchange for local charities leaving NYCWasteLess 
third-party recyclers 
reuse tips 

PRODUCT SPECIFIC
cell phones
computers, TVs, peripherals, and some portable devices 
ink and toner cartridges
rechargeable batteries
non-rechargeable batteries 
all other electronics


Info for Agencies and Schools 

electronic devices other than cell phones and batteries
cell phones
rechargeable batteries
all batteries
ink and toner cartridges


Info for Businesses and Institutions 

electronic devices other than cell phones and batteries
cell phones
rechargeable batteries
ink and toner cartridges


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