When your computer, TV, DVD player, or other electronic equipment becomes old or obsolete, you can recycle it rather than throwing it out. Some of these electronics can leach lead, mercury, and other hazardous materials into the environment. If you can't sell it or give the item away, instead of throwing it in the trash, there are a few ways to recycle these electronics. You take the equipment to a waste collection event or freecycle it.
If your electronic equipment is in working order, instead of disposing of it, you might consider giving it away for free on Freecycle. Through a website interface, you can list items that you want to get rid of or give away. You can also read listings by people who are in search of certain items.
Freecycle is a grassroots, non-profit list used by more than 9 million people worldwide as a way to keep working, usable items out of landfills.
Not all electronic devices are considered recyclable electronic waste in New York State. If an item is considered acceptable electronic waste, different towns in Long Island host "e-cycling events" where you can drop off these items.
The items that you can recycle include televisions, computer monitors, computer devices, keyboards, fax machines, scanners, printers, VCRs, DVRs, digital converter boxes, cable boxes, and video game consoles. These items need to be less than 100 pounds.
The items not considered recyclable include cameras, video cameras, radios, big household appliances like washer, dryer, dishwasher, refrigerator, ovens, microwaves, telephone, calculators, GPS devices, cash registers, or medical equipment. If you can't sell it or get rid of it, you must leave these items to be picked up as part of regular garbage pickup. Make sure you check with your town if you need to notify the sanitation department in advance of leaving the item out for collection.
Nassau County Programs
In general, the local town, village, or city regulates garbage collection in residential neighborhoods and each participates in the S.T.O.P. (Stop Throwing Out Pollutants) program and has an electronic waste recycling program.
Nassau residents may also call the Nassau County Department of Health's Community Sanitation Program at 516-227-9715 if the resources for your neighborhood are not adequate or you have additional concerns.
Town of Hempstead
The town implemented the S.T.O.P. (Stop Throwing Out Pollutants) program. This program takes ordinary household chemicals such as cleaning sprays, paints, etc. and disposes of them in a way that safeguards our environment. The town holds 10 "S.T.O.P. days" a year at various locations around the town. Usually, at these events, the town will collect acceptable electronic items.
You can recycle unwanted computer and electronic equipment, keeping harmful toxins out of the waste stream, by dropping off e-waste at the Homeowner Disposal Area in Merrick. Additionally, Hempstead Sanitation Department customers may arrange for a special pickup of e-waste at their residence. You can contact the Sanitation Department for more detailed information.
Town of North Hempstead
If you reside in the town of North Hempstead, you can recycle approved electronic devices every Sunday at the North Hempstead Residential Drop-Off Facility, at a S.T.O.P. event, or at participating electronics retailers that may take back your used devices.
Town of Oyster Bay
The town of Oyster Bay hosts S.T.O.P. events and an electronic waste collection programs at that event. According to the town, residents should dispose of their approved electronic waste at those collection events.
City of Glen Cove
Electronic waste such as televisions, computers, and batteries should be disposed of during the city of Glen Cove's biannual e-waste program held at the Department of Public Works at 100 Morris Avenue. The Sanitation Department no longer collects TVs curbside. TVs can be properly recycled at the city's e-waste program or can be brought to the Department of Public Works Yard on Wednesdays between 7 a.m. and 3 p.m.