Great Information About Recycling Old Electronics in New York City

Our friends over at IvanExpert just sent us some great information for NYers wanting to recycle their old electronics. Just in time for spring cleaning.

Why is this so important? According to WiseGeek:

“…computers and cell phones actually contain toxins that can leach out into the soil and damage the environment. The problem is further compounded by the fact that many of the elements used in the construction of consumer electronics are quite valuable, leading companies to attempt to recover them from abandoned electronics, and discard unwanted parts in a manner which is unsafe.”

Click below to find out the many convenient locations you can safely dispose of the digital detritus that’s taking up needless space…

The Lower East Side Ecology Center has lined up a number of electronics recycling events throughout New York City this spring. Drop off your unwanted electronics at any of these locations

March 28, 2010 from 10 am to 4 pm: Union Square, 17th Street and Broadway

April 10, 2010, from 10 am to 4 pm: Tekserve, 119 West 23rd Street, Chelsea

April 18, 2010, from 10 am to 4 pm: Morningside Park, Morningside Avenue between 113th and 114th Streets, Harlem

Roosevelt Island
April 3, 2010, from 10 am to 4 pm: Good Shepherd Plaza, 543 Main Street, Roosevelt Island

April 17, 2010, from 10 am to 4 pm: Habana Outpost, South Portland Avenue and Fulton Street, Fort Greene

April 25, 2010, from 10 am to 4 pm: PS 29 School Yard, Baltic Street between Henry and Clinton Streets, Cobble Hill

April 11, 2010, from 10 am to 4 pm: Travers Park, 78th Street between Northern Boulevard and 34th Avenue, Jackson Heights

What’s accepted
They only accept items from homes, not from businesses. There’s no limit to how much stuff you can bring.

  • Computers (laptops & desktops, servers, mainframes)
  • Monitors
  • Printers, scanners, fax-machines, copiers
  • Network devices (routers, hubs, modems, etc.)
  • Peripherals (keyboards, mice, cables, etc.)
  • Components (hard drives, CD-ROMs, circuit boards, power supplies, etc.)
  • TVs, VCRs, & DVD Players
  • Audio-visual equipment
  • Cell phones, pagers, PDAs
  • Telecommunication (phones, answering machines, etc.)

Don’t forget to keep your data private
Don’t forget to secure-erase all data off of any hard drives or flash drives you recycle. Or you can physically destroy the drive (which can be fun). If you need help erasing data please get in touch with us.

For more information
For more information visit the Lower East Side Ecology Center website.

Thanks again to Ivan Drucker and Caroline Green for providing this great info!