New Recycling Laws

Recycle imageAs of January 2015, it will be illegal to discard electronics in the trash or at the curb. The electronics covered by this New York State law include computers and their peripherals, televisions, fax machines, VCRs, DVD players, printers/scanners, video game consoles, MP3 players, tablets, and small servers. See for more information.

DSNY is sending a mailer to all New Yorkers that explains the electronics disposal ban and lists recycling options. Acceptable ways to recycle electronics are listed below.


DSNY’s e-cycleNYC Program
Apartment buildings with more than 10 units can enroll for this free and convenient service to pick up and recycle unwanted electronics. Learn more at

Retail Drop-Off Programs
Drop off electronics (no purchase necessary) at Goodwill, Salvation Army, Best Buy, and Staples (no TVs), or at organizations, such as Gowanus E-waste warehouse. See Google map of NYC electronics drop-off locations

Mail-Back Programs
Many brands offer take-back programs. Check your specific brand’s website for details.

Electronics Recycling Events
Bring electronics to e-waste recycling events held by organizations, such as Lower East Side Ecology Center , or to DSNY SAFE Disposal Events.

Donate or Sell Electronics
If they still work, you can donate or sell electronics. Visit for options in your neighborhood.

As of January 2015, DSNY will no longer collect electronics left at the curb. Learn more about the electronic waste ban in this video: