The Basics of Recycling Electronics in Nassau County

Worker soldering a motherboard in a computer recylcing plant

Recycling of a computer motherboard

When your computer, TV, DVD player, or other electronic equipment becomes too old or obsolete to sell or give away, you should recycle rather than throwing it away. Some electronics can leach lead, mercury, and other hazardous materials into the environment. If you're a resident of Nassau County, Long Island, New York, you'll want to do all you can to preserve the natural beauty of your area. Here are several ways to recycle in Nassau County, ranging from taking electronics to a waste collection event to using Freecycle.

Freecycle

If your electronic equipment is in working order, you might consider giving it away for free on Freecycle. 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. Through a website interface, you can list items that you want to offload as well as read listings by people who are in search of certain items.

Waste Collection

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.

Recyclable items include televisions, computer monitors, computer devices, keyboards, fax machines, scanners, printers, VCR's, DVR's, digital converter boxes, cable boxes, and video game consoles. These items need to be less than 100 pounds.

Items not considered recyclable include cameras, video cameras, radios, big household appliances like washers, dryers, dishwashers, refrigerators, ovens, microwaves, telephones, calculators, GPS devices, cash registers, and 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 to check with your town to see if it's necessary to notify the sanitation department in advance of leaving the items 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 if you have additional concerns.

Hempstead

The town of Hempstead has implemented the S.T.O.P. 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" each year at various locations around the town. Usually, the town will collect acceptable electronic items at these events.

Alternatively, 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. Hempstead Sanitation Department customers can also arrange for a special pickup of e-waste at their residence. You can contact the ​Sanitation Department for more detailed information.

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 take back your used devices. 

Oyster Bay

The town of Oyster Bay hosts S.T.O.P. events and electronic waste collection programs at those events. According to the town, residents should dispose of their approved electronic waste at those collection events. 

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 televisions curbside. Televisions 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.