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

This includes the following items:

  • 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

Instead, you can:

  • Request an e-waste pickup appointment if you live in Staten Island
  • Bring them to a drop-off location or take-back program
  • 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 more about electronics disposal.

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

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

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

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.

Pick-Up Status, Rescheduling, or Cancellation

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

Check the status of an e-waste pick-up appointment.

Call 311 to cancel or reschedule an 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

DSNY does not accept missed collection complaints for electronic items. If your items were not collected on your appointment day, you must remove the items from the curb and schedule a new pick-up appointment.

Items that are left out on private property are "unserviceable” and cannot be picked up. 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.

You can drop off electronics at Special Waste Sites and SAFE Disposal Events. Learn more on the Special Waste Disposal page.

Other Drop-Off Locations

You can also find an electronics drop-off location near you.

View a map of electronics drop-off locations.

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

  • $29.99 Fee
  • Accepted: Tube TVs smaller than 32 inches, flat panel TVs (LCD, plasma, LED) smaller than 50 inches, and portable TVs
  • Not Accepted: Large 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

  • Accepted: Working flat screen TVs and monitors, DVD players, and game systems
  • Not Accepted: 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

  • Accepted for donation: Working electronics
  • Accepted for recycling: Non-working electronics

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

  • Not Accepted: TVs

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. Manufacturers (for example, Samsung, Sony, Toshiba, etc.) are required to accept electronics from residents for recycling at no cost.

You can find information about recycling electronics at the store where you purchased the item or at any store that sells the item. 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 a:

  • Electronics manufacturer that does not accept their products for recycling
  • 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.