Electronics Recycling

There are several electronic waste collection events occuring in the area.  

Visit Sunnking's webpage to find out where, when and what types of e-waste you can take to these sponsored events.  

 

Electronic Waste Disposal Ban

The NYS Electronic Equipment Recycling and Reuse Act requires manufacturers to provide a free* and convenient way for consumers to recycle certain types of e-waste including: ComputersTelevisions,Cathode Ray Tubes (CRT)Small Scale ServersComputer Peripherals (to include any cable, cord, or wiring permanently affixed to or incorporated into such product.)

  • Monitors
  • Electronic Keyboards
  • Electronic Mice or Similar Pointing Devices
  • Facsimile Machines, document scanners, and printers (only those intended for use with a computer and weighing less than 100 lbs.)

Small Electronic Equipment 

(Small electronic equipment also include any cable, cord, or wiring permanently affixed to or incorporated into such product.)

  • VCRs
  • Digital Video Recorders
  • Portable Digital Music Players
  • DVD Players
  • Digital Converter Boxes
  • Cable or Satellite Receivers
  • Electronic or Video Game Consoles

* Most recently in NYS, the manufacture program is not fully covering some expenses and therefore the consumer has to take the burden.

To avoid these costs, be sure to check with the manufacturer of your device to see how they are providing the no cost alternative.  Free mail-back options: the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation maintains a list of electronic equipment manufacturers registered in NYS.

If a manufacturer refuses to recycle your electronics, report it to the NY State Department of Environmental Conservation online or call 1-800-TIPP DEC (1-800-847-7332).

Click here for a list of local companies that accept these items. To find out if your municipality collects electronics, click this link.

Donations & Resale

If your electronics are in working order, consider listing items on Freecycle.org or other sites such as Craigslist.

Purchasing Tips

Repair rather than replace. For a minimal investment, you may be able to fix a formerly reliable piece of equipment.

Upgrade what you have, rather than buying new. Instead of purchasing a new computer, for example, consider upgrading the old one with additional memory or new accessories.

Buy a good-quality product. It may cost more up-front, but it will last longer and save you money in the long run.

Buy electronics manufactured with fewer hazardous chemicals. Products rated as EPEAT Gold, Silver, or Bronze meet certain product and manufacturer standards. These products contain less harmful materials, have more recycled-content and reduced packaging, last longer and are more energy efficient, and are easily recycled.

Requirements, FAQs and forms for the law's regulated entities:

The NYS Electronic Equipment Recycling and Reuse Act (PDF), requires manufacturers to provide free and convenient recycling of electronic waste to most consumers in the state. Consumers eligible for free and convenient recycling include individuals, for-profit businesses, corporations with less than 50 full time employees, not-for-profit corporations with less than 75 full time employees, not-for-profit corporations designated under section 501(c)(3) of the internal revenue code, schools, or governmental entities located in NYS. For-profit businesses with 50 or more full time employees and not-for-profit corporations with 75 or more full time employees may be charged.

  • Manufacturers
    Manufacturers include those who assemble, manufacture, import, and/or own a brand name of covered electronic equipment that is offered for sale in NYS.
  • Collectives
    Collective electronic waste acceptance programs, or collectives, represent one or more manufacturers, for the purpose of satisfying their electronic waste collection requirements. A list of collectives registered in NYS is also available through this page.
  • Collection Sites
    Electronic waste collection sites include fixed or temporary sites (both private and municipal) at which electronic waste is collected from consumers and temporarily stored.
  • Consolidation Facilities
    Electronic waste consolidation facilities organize categorize and/or consolidate electronic waste before it is transported to a recycling facility.
  • Recycling Facilities
    Electronic waste recycling facilities separate, dismantle or process the materials, components or commodities contained in electronic waste, and prepare them for use or reuse in new products.
  • Retailers
    Retailers are those who sell covered electronic equipment to consumers in the state through any means, including, but not limited to retail stores, mail, catalogs, the telephone or the internet. A list of manufacturers whose brands may be sold in NYS is also available through this page.
  • Solid/Hazardous Waste Facilities and Haulers/Transporters
    Requirements for solid and hazardous waste facilities and for persons engaged in the collection of waste for delivery to such facilities.

More about E-waste Recycling:

What You Should Know—So Someone Doesn’t Know Too Much About You!

By placing unwanted home computers at the curb for disposal*, you offer identity thieves an opportunity to learn a lot about you. Your account numbers, passwords and social security number may be left behind to dishonest people. When your computer is taken to be recycled, however, your hard drive can be reformatted and all of your personal information permanently erased.

What you Should Know About Electronics Disposal, the Environment and the Law

Most computer monitors and televisions contain about five pounds of lead. Computers also contain other elements that, if improperly disposed of, can be environmental hazards (including metals and rechargeable batteries). 

State law requires retailers of Nickel-Cadmium (Ni-Cad), Button and Lithium Ion batteries to accept them back for recycling. These retailers include: Best Buy, Lowes, Home Depot, Sears, Sprint, Target, Radio Shack, Batteries Plus and Verizon Wireless. Effective Dec. 5, 2011, state law prohibits persons from knowingly disposing of most rechargeable batteries in the garbage.

  • Cellular phone retailers must, by NYS law, accept cell phones back for recycling or arrange for such via shipping. For printer cartridges, see the Imagine It link above. 
  • NOTE--Regular household alkaline or zinc batteries can be disposed of in the trash. For a fee-based alkaline/zinc battery recycling program, visit: www.thinkgreenfromhome.com/batteries.cfm.