You can discard electronics in one of the following ways:

  • Special Waste Drop-Off Sites
  • Other drop-off sites
  • SAFE disposal events
  • ecycleNYC for buildings with 10 or more units
  • Manufacturer recycling options
  • E-waste pickup for residents of the Bronx, Brooklyn, Queens, and Staten Island

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.

All these facilities are generally located within DSNY garages and are sometimes not immediately visible. If you are 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, 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: Mon - Fri: 9:00 AM - 5:00 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: Mon - Fri: 9:00 AM - 5:00 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: Mon - Fri: 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM

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

  • Agency: Staples
  • Phone Number: (800) 333-3330
  • Business Hours: Mon - Fri: 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM

  • No TVs

  • Agency: Lower East Side Ecology Center
  • Phone Number: (212) 477-4022
  • Business Hours: Mon - Fri: 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM

  • Agency: Gowanus E-Waste Warehouse
  • Phone Number: (718) 858-8777
  • Business Hours: Mon - Fri: 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM

SAFE Disposal Events provide New York City residents with a one-stop method to get rid of potentially harmful household products.

During an event, you can visit one of the locations and dispose of SAFE (Solvents, Automotive, Flammable, Electronic) products. These include items such as:

  • Automotive fluids (Tires are not accepted)
  • Household Cleaners
  • Unwanted or expired medication
  • Lightbulbs
  • Paint (oil-based and latex)
  • Batteries
  • Computers
  • TVs

You can only dispose of residential waste.

Appliances with CFC or Freon such as refrigerators, air conditioners and dehumidifiers are not accepted at SAFE Events. Household appliances are not accepted and should be recycled curbside. Commercial vehicles are not allowed.

Learn about SAFE Disposal Events.

Get a brochure with details on how to dispose of potentially harmful items safely.

SAFE Disposal Event Locations

All events are held from 10 AM to 4 PM, rain or shine.

Sunday, September 15, 2019
Floyd Bennett Field
Flatbush Avenue/Marine Parkway (Cars enter along Flatbush Avenue and make a left turn into the main entrance, immediately before the toll bridge)
Brooklyn

Sunday, September 22, 2019
Union Square, North Plaza
South side of 17th Street between Park Avenue South and Broadway (Cars approach from Park Avenue South and 20th Street)
Manhattan

Saturday, September 28, 2019
Midland Beach Parking Lot
Father Capodanno Boulevard and Hunter Avenue (Cars approach from Slater Boulevard)
Staten Island

Saturday, October 5, 2019
Orchard Beach Parking Lot (Follow Park Drive to the end)
Bronx

Saturday, October 12, 2019
Cunningham Park
Ball Field Parking Lot (Cars enter on Francis Lewis Boulevard between Union Turnpike and Grand Central Parkway)
Queens

Residents of the Bronx, Brooklyn, Queens, and Staten Island can get free curbside pickup of electronics by making an appointment with the Department of Sanitation. Appointments are available Monday through Friday, except on City holidays.

Businesses and commercial addresses are not eligible for the e-waste pickup program. They must donate unwanted electronic items or hire a private carter.

You must place the items curbside after 4 PM the evening before your appointment day. You can schedule appointments up to two weeks in advance. Next day appointments must be scheduled by noon the previous day.

Eligible Locations

You can request curbside pickup of electronics if you live in a residential building in the Bronx, Brooklyn, Queens, and Staten Island.

Eligible Items

The e-waste program will accept the following items for pickup:

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

Home Electronics

  • Video game consoles
  • Fax machines
  • Electronic keyboards

Schedule an Appointment

You can request pickup of up to 20 items per appointment, including 5 TVs per appointment.

TV categories:

  • Cathode Ray Tube (CRTs): these TVs have a large back
  • Flat-screen: includes LED and LCD

If you need to dispose of more than the maximum number of items allowed per appointment, you can make a separate appointment.

Adding Additional Items to a Scheduled Appointment

If you have already scheduled an appointment and have additional items you need to dispose of, or if someone else has already made a pick-up request for your preferred appointment date, you can:

  • Place your additional items curbside along with the others on the scheduled appointment date, OR
  • Schedule a separate appointment for your other items on a different date

Missed Collection

If your items were not collected on your appointment day, you must remove the items from the curb and schedule a new pickup appointment. The Department of Sanitation does not accept missed collection complaints for electronic items.

Items that are left out on private property are "unserviceable” and cannot be picked up by Sanitation. You must place your items curbside in order for them to be collected.

If you did not put your items curbside on the scheduled day, you can make a new appointment.

Pick-Up Status, Rescheduling, or Cancellation

You can check the status of your e-waste pickup appointment. You can also reschedule or cancel it up until 4 PM the day before the appointment. You must have your Service Request number.

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

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

Apartment Buildings Not Enrolled

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.

Apartment Buildings Enrolled

If you are 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.

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 garbage, recycling, or organics 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 garbage, recycling, or organics collection day, put your items out after 4 PM that day for collection beginning the next day.

In some areas, your items may not be picked up until your next collection day.

2019 Sanitation Holidays

DateHoliday
January 1 (Tuesday)New Year's Day
January 21 (Monday)Martin Luther King Jr. Day
February 12 (Tuesday)Lincoln's Birthday
February 18 (Monday)Washington's Birthday
May 27 (Monday)Memorial Day
July 4 (Thursday)Independence Day
September 2 (Monday)Labor Day
October 14 (Monday)Columbus Day
November 5 (Tuesday)Election Day
November 11 (Monday)Veterans Day
November 28 (Thursday)Thanksgiving Day
December 25 (Wednesday)Christmas Day