Coronavirus (COVID-19) Alert
  • The e-waste appointment collection program has been suspended.
  • Special Waste Sites are closed until further notice.
  • Spring 2020 SAFE Disposal Events have been canceled.

You can’t dispose of electronics such as TVs and computers with your regular trash or recycling. Some electronics contain hazardous materials, including lead, mercury, arsenic, and cadmium.

Instead, you can:

  • Bring them to a drop-off site or SAFE Disposal Event
  • Return them to the manufacturer
  • Enroll in the ecycleNYC recycling program for apartment buildings with 10 or more units

Tenants must appropriately discard their electronics. It is not the landlord's responsibility to take or mail back items for reuse or recycling.

Learn about electronics disposal options.

You can no longer dispose of the items listed below in the regular trash. They must be discarded through the manufacturer, a recycling location, or one of the special recycling programs.

  • TVs
  • Monitors
  • Computers
  • Laptops
  • Small servers
  • Printers/scanners
  • Tablets/e-readers
  • MP3 Players
  • VCRs/DVDs/DVR players
  • Fax machines
  • Video game consoles
  • Cable/satellite boxes
  • Computer Mice
  • Keyboards

Special Waste Drop-Off Sites

Residents can bring unwanted electronic items to a special waste drop-off site. These sites are not available for businesses.

Special Waste sites are open Saturdays, and on the last Friday of every month, from 10 AM to 5 PM. To enter, you must show a valid New York license and vehicle registration with a New York City address. If you are arriving without a vehicle, you can provide a picture ID and proof of residency such as a utility or telephone bill that contains your name and New York City address.

Special Waste Sites are generally located in DSNY garages and are sometimes not immediately visible. If you're having trouble locating the site, please ask for a garage foreman or supervisor.

Bronx

Located in Hunts Point at Farragut Street and the East River, next to the Fulton Fish Market. The entrance is on Farragut Street, off Food Center Drive.

Brooklyn

Located at 459 North Henry Street in Greenpoint.

Manhattan

Located at 74 Pike Slip between Cherry Street and South Street, under the Manhattan Bridge.

Queens

Located in College Point at 30th Avenue, between 120th and 122nd Streets, at the northwest corner of the DSNY Queens District 7 garage. Enter at 30th Avenue off College Point Boulevard and take a left after 122nd Street.

Staten Island

Located at the foot of Muldoon Avenue, off the Muldoon Avenue exit (Exit 5) of the southbound West Shore Expressway (440), adjacent to the DSNY Staten Island District 3 garage.

Other Drop-Off Sites

You can also contact the following organizations to drop off, recycle, or donate your electronics:

  • Agency: Best Buy
  • Phone Number: (888) 237-8289
  • Business Hours: Monday - Friday: 9 AM - 5 PM

  • $25 Fee
  • No large TVs (tube TVs smaller than 32 inches; flat panel TVs: LCD, plasma, LED smaller than 50 inches; portable TVs)
  • Two TV limit per household per day

  • Agency: Goodwill Industries of Greater New York and Northern New Jersey
  • Phone Number: (718) 728-5400
  • Business Hours: Monday - Friday: 9 AM - 5 PM

  • Working flat screen TVs and monitors, DVD players, and game systems are accepted
  • No TVs or monitors with cathode ray tubes or any other e-waste

  • Agency: Salvation Army
  • Phone Number: (800) 728-7825
  • Business Hours: Monday - Friday: 9 AM - 5 PM

  • Working units are accepted for donation
  • Non-working electronics are accepted for recycling

  • Agency: Staples
  • Phone Number: (800) 333-3330
  • Business Hours: Monday - Friday: 9 AM - 5 PM

  • No TVs

You can drop-off potentially harmful household products at a SAFE Disposal Event. Events are held in the spring and fall in every borough. 

Accepted Items

SAFE Disposal Events accept SAFE (Solvents, Automotive, Flammable, Electronic) products, including:

  • Automotive fluids
  • Household cleaners
  • Unwanted or expired medication
  • Lightbulbs
  • Paint (oil-based and latex)
  • Batteries
  • Computers
  • TVs

Only residential waste from New York City is accepted at SAFE Disposal Events.

Items Not Accepted

SAFE Disposal Events don't accept:

  • Commercial waste
  • Household appliances, including appliances with CFC or Freon such as refrigerators, air conditioners, and dehumidifiers
  • Tires
  • Waste generated from outside New York City

Commercial vehicles aren't allowed at SAFE events.

Learn more about SAFE Disposal Events.

Apartment buildings with 10 or more units can participate in ecycleNYC, which provides a free and convenient in-building service to remove and recycle unwanted electronics.

The types of electronics accepted include:

  • TVs
  • Computers/desktop towers, laptops
  • Monitors
  • Fax machines, printers/scanners
  • Small servers
  • Cable/satellite boxes
  • Hard drives
  • Keyboards
  • Mice
  • Mobile phones
  • MP3 players
  • Tablets
  • VCR/DVR/DVD players
  • Video game consoles

Household appliances, batteries, and light bulbs are NOT accepted.

Service options include:

  • Room clean-outs for buildings with 10 or more units
  • Storage bins for buildings with 100 or more units
  • Building events for buildings with 250 or more units

Buildings, management companies, or residents who want to apply for ecycleNYC should complete an online form.

Learn more about ecycleNYC.

Enroll your building to receive an ecycleNYC collection bin.

Pick-Up Requests

If your building is enrolled in ecycleNYC, a building manager or staff member can request pickup of unwanted electronics. Pickup is guaranteed within 5 business days.

Call 311 for assistance.

You can return unwanted electronics to manufacturers for recycling or disposal. You can find information about recycling electronics at the store where you purchased the item or at any store that sells the item. Manufacturers (for example, Samsung, Sony, Toshiba, etc.) are required to accept electronics from residents for recycling at no cost.

You can also check your brand's website to find out their recycling options.

Cell phones can be dropped off at any store that sells service plans.

Complaints

You can report an electronics manufacturer that does not accept their products for recycling. You can also report a store that sells electronics but does not have information about electronics recycling.

  • Agency: New York State Department of Environmental Conservation
  • Division: New York State Department of Environmental Conservation Tip Line
  • Phone Number: (800) 847-7332
  • Business Hours: 24 hours, 7 days a week

Electronics cannot go in regular recycling or trash. Schools must follow specific guidelines for disposal.

For more information on electronics disposal for NYC Department of Education schools, you can email your question to WasteSupport@schools.nyc.gov.

In general, there is no trash or recycling collection on sanitation holidays but that is subject to change. You can check back near the date of the holiday to confirm the collection schedule.

If a holiday occurs on your trash collection day, put your items out after 4 PM that day for collection beginning the next day.

If a holiday occurs on your recycling collection day, put your items out after 4 PM the day before your next scheduled recycling collection day.

2020 Sanitation Holidays

DateHoliday
January 1 (Wednesday)New Year's Day
January 20 (Monday)Martin Luther King Jr. Day
February 12 (Wednesday)Lincoln's Birthday
February 17 (Monday)Washington's Birthday
May 25 (Monday)Memorial Day
July 4 (Saturday)Independence Day
September 7 (Monday)Labor Day
October 12 (Monday)Columbus Day
November 3 (Tuesday)Election Day
November 11 (Wednesday)Veterans Day
November 26 (Thursday)Thanksgiving Day
December 25 (Friday)Christmas Day