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Throwing electronics in the trash comes with a $100 fine in the city of New York. This includes items like mobile phones, televisions, DVD players, printers, video game consoles, tablets, or any other electronic waste that has no place in a landfill. The Department of Sanitation is not responsible for collecting these items even if they are left on the curb. It is the consumer’s responsibility to properly dispose of any electronics they no longer want.
So how does one responsibly get rid of their unwanted electronics?
1. Contact the manufacturer to see if they have a recycling program you can send your electronic(s) to
2. Best Buy retail stores take electronics to be recycled—to be certain, contact the store you wish to visit and inquire about the electronic you want to recycle
Or! You can attend one of these E-Waste Collection Events hosted by LES Ecology Center. The events are taking place mostly on weekends between 10am to 4pm, although each is at a unique place in NYC. By using the calendar on our Events page, you can view the dates & locations of upcoming collection events or click here for LES Ecology Center’s calendar. Bring your electronic waste!