What to do with your old electronics

In NYC, you can be fined up to $100 for disposing of electronics in the trash, not to mention the harmful effect that e-waste has on the environment. Toxic carcinogens like arsenic, lead and mercury end up in landfills and eventually leach into groundwater and the air. Not cool, guys.

What on earth are you saving these cords for?

What on earth are you saving these cords for?


Not sure where to get rid of your old iPhone or broken tablet? How about that random DVD player or printer or keyboard? We know you have a secret stash of those electronics somewhere in your home, and want you make removal easy for you! Check out this handy google map and our list of recommended options below:

  • e-cycleNYC drop-off in your building: NYC apartment buildings with 10 or more units may already have the e-cycleNYC recycling service. Check with your building maintenance or super.

  • Drop-off in person: Bring electronics to The DSNY Drop-Off Site in Manhattan on Saturdays from 10 am - 4 pm, or the Gowanus E-Waste Warehouse in Brooklyn from Tuesday - Saturday from 10 am - 4 pm. Or bring electronics to a recycling event, like the Lower East Side Ecology Center’s E-Waste Recycling events offered in many neighborhoods (click here for an up-to-date calendar with upcoming events)

  • Donate: Goodwill accepts electronics other than large, old televisions. The Salvation Army also accepts newer working electronics for donation, and non-working or older electronics for recycling. We recommend calling your local store ahead of time to confirm they are open and accepting electronics ATM.

  • Resell for cash: Use good ol’ craigslist or the app LetGo to resell working electronics and put a few bucks in your wallet, just be sure to remove all personal info from the devices beforehand.

  • Take-back retail programs: Recycle electronics through retailers like Best Buy, Amazon and Staples. For example, most retailers will take your old TV when they deliver your new one so be sure to inquire when making a new purchase. Also, Amazon will recycle old Kindles and even give you a small account credit.

Feeling time-starved and don’t want to haul the stuff yourself? Hire a taskrabbit to do it for you.