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NYC Electronics Recycling: Solutions for Buildings of All Sizes

NYC electronic recycling
ecycleNYC is a free, convenient electronic waste recycling service provided by the NYC Department of Sanitation.

Electronic devices represent the largest, fastest-growing component of hazardous waste sent to landfills, and New York City prohibits residents from disposing of electronics in the trash. Fortunately, the city offers options for building owners facing the challenges of NYC electronics recycling.

Buildings with 10+ units. For properties with 10 or more units, the NYC Department of Sanitation (DSNY) partnered with Electronic Recycles International (ERI) to offer ecycleNYC. This free and convenient service recycles electronics domestically using the strictest industry and environmental standards.

Buildings with <10 units. Building owners who operate smaller properties can drop off electronics at a number of participating retail stores or at DSNY-hosted SAFE (Solvents, Automotive, Flammables, and Electronics) Disposal events.

Buildings with 10+ Units: ecycleNYC

ecycleNYC accepts e-waste items covered under the NYS Electronic Equipment Recycling and Reuse Act, which includes the following working and non-working items:

  • TVs
  • VCRs, DVRs and DVD players
  • Cable and satellite boxes
  • Video game consoles, including handheld devices
  • Virtual reality headsets
  • Digital picture frames
  • Computers: including small servers, monitors, laptops and peripherals (e.g., keyboards, hard drives, mice, etc.)
  • Printers, scanners and fax machines
  • Cell phones, tablets and e-readers

Note: Appliances, batteries and light bulbs are NOT accepted.

When you enroll, DSNY will visit your property to discuss how ecycleNYC will work best in your building. The program offers three service options, depending on building size and type:

  • Room clean-outs for buildings with 10 or more units. Buildings store electronics in a secure, enclosed area before pick-up.
  • Storage bins for buildings with 50 or more units. Buildings store electronics in a locked bin provided by ecycleNYC. Two sizes are available.
  • Outdoor electronics recycling events for buildings with 250 or more units. Buildings work with ecycleNYC to schedule outdoor electronics recycling events for building residents.

Building owners can call or email DSNY for collection of e-waste when either 20 items have been collected or a bin becomes full.

For more information or to enroll in ecycleNYC, submit an application online.

Buildings with <10 Units: Convenient Drop-Off Locations & Events

If your building does not meet the requirements for ecycleNYC, set up a designated area in your building where residents can leave electronics they would like to recycle. You can then dispose of them in one of two ways:

  • Drop off electronics at a participating retail store. You can use this map to find a retailer near your building. Many of the pins mark the locations of well-known retail stores and organizations like Best Buy, Staples, Goodwill, and The Salvation Army.
  • Bring electronics to a SAFE Disposal event. These DSNY-hosted events are held in the fall and spring at various parking lots and community centers in all five boroughs. You’ll need to bring proof of NYC residency (a driver’s license or utility bill) and drive a non-commercial vehicle to drop off electronics for recycling.

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