Some electronics contain hazardous materials, including lead, mercury, arsenic, and cadmium. You can’t dispose of these electronics, also called e-waste, with your regular trash or recycling.
Computers and Computer Accessories
- Desktop towers, monitors, laptops, and tablets (ex: iPads)
- Keyboards, mice, and pointing devices
- Printers and document scanners
- Cables, cords, and wiring permanently fixed to a device
- Small-scale servers
TV and Video Equipment
- TVs, VCRs, DVD players, DVRs (digital video recorders)
- Cable boxes, cable/satellite receivers, antennas, digital converter boxes
- Cables, cords, and wiring permanently fixed to the TV
Portable Electronic Devices
- Laptops, tablets (iPads), and e-readers
- Portable music devices/digital music players (iPod, mp3 player, Walkman)
- Digital cameras
- Cell phones
- Video game consoles
- Fax machines
- Electronic keyboards
Small businesses with fewer than 50 full-time employees, and nonprofits with fewer than 75 employees, are eligible for free and convenient electronics recycling provided by manufacturers. Contact the product manufacturer for more information. You can get a list of registered electronic equipment manufacturers.
Large businesses should first consider donating their unwanted electronics to a charitable organization or school. If donating is not an option, businesses must contract with an electronic waste recycler. When choosing a recycler, look for e-stewards or R2 certification to help ensure that your electronics are recycled responsibly. The NY State Department of Environmental Conservation maintains a list of registered recyclers.
Non-Hazardous E-Waste Removal
E-waste that is not classified as hazardous waste per the NY State Department of Environmental Conservation can be collected by a private carter or you can register as a self-hauler to remove it yourself.