Examples of common electronic equipment that must be recycled:
- Computers (desktops, laptops, e-readers, tablets, etc.)
- Computer peripherals (mice, keyboards, monitors, printers, etc.)
- Small electronic equipment (DVRs, DVD players, MP3 players, video game consoles, etc.)
It is illegal to dispose of these and other covered electronic equipment (CEE) in the trash under New York’s electronic waste law.
How to recycle electronics:
Visit DEC’s Consumer Electronic Waste Recycling webpage for information on all available recycling/reuse opportunities.
Manufacturers of CEE are required to provide consumers a free and convenient opportunity to recycle their equipment or one piece of CEE from another manufacturer with the purchase of the same type. Depending on a specific manufacturer’s acceptance program, CEE recycling/reuse opportunities may include permanent collection locations, local collection events, mail-back programs, or at-home pickup (when no other free and convenient option is offered).
How to recycle cell phones:
Wireless telephone service suppliers that offer wireless phones for sale are required to provide for the free reuse and recycling of up to 10 cell phones from any person or provide for the free shipping of those phones to a recycling program. Contact your local wireless telephone service provider for more cell phone recycling program details. Learn more about NYS Wireless Telephone Recycling Act.