Recycling Your Electronic Waste (eWaste)
Disposal Ban: Beginning January 1, 2015, consumers may no longer dispose of electronic equipment in landfills, waste-to-energy facilities, in the trash, or at curbside for trash pickup. Use the recycling options described below.
Option 1: Use a Manufacturer's Takeback Program:
Go to (http://www.dec.ny.gov/chemical/82084.html) DEC's list of electronic equipment manufacturers registered in NYS, to find manufacturers, their brands electronic equipment covered by the law, and their electronic waste acceptance program websites and toll-free telephone numbers.
Please note: Manufacturers are required to accept their own brand of electronic equipment for recycling. They are also required to accept one piece of electronic waste of any manufacturer's brand if offered by a consumer with the purchase of electronic equipment covered by the law of the same type by a consumer.
The NYS Electronic Equipment Recycling and Reuse Act (PDF) (39 KB) requires manufacturers to provide free and convenient recycling of electronic waste to most consumers in the state. Collection opportunities include:
- fixed acceptance locations such as retail stores, sales outlets, not-for-profit organizations, or municipal facilities;
- mail or ship back return programs;
- community collection events; and
- any combination of these or other acceptance methods which are reasonably convenient to consumers in the state.
Manufacturers are not required to have a physical collection location in every community. If you have any problems trying to return electronic waste for recycling, please call the NYSDEC at (518) 402-8706 or send an email
Most consumers should not be charged for the recycling or reuse of electronic equipment. However, for-profit businesses with 50 or more full-time employees and not-for-profit corporations with 75 or more full-time employees may be assessed a charge for these services by manufacturers. In addition, any consumer may be charged for "premium services." These include equipment and data security services, refurbishment for reuse by the consumer, and other custom services such as at-home collection (other than mail back programs), data wiping, specialized packing and preparation for collection, etc.
Option 2: Go to an Electronic Waste Collection Site:
Search for Electronic Waste Collection Sites at the Consumer Technology Association
Town of Southampton Residents:
Town of Southampton offers two Electronic Waste Collection Sites located at the North Sea Recycling Center and the Hampton Bays Recycling Center. Both locations are open 7-days a week, 8am to 4pm.
Questions? Town of Southampton residents may Call us at 631-283-5210
North Sea Recycling Center: 1370 Majors Path, Southampton, 11968
Route 27, Sunrise Highway east to Southampton. Turn left at traffic light after Burger King (on left) onto North Sea Road. Go 1 1/2 blocks to Tuckahoe Mower, and bear right onto Majors Path. Follow Majors Path for 2 1/2 miles. The Recycling Center is on the right.
Hampton Bays Recycling Center: 30 Jackson Avenue, Hampton Bays, 11946
Route 27, Sunrise Highway, to exit 65 North, Route 24/Flanders Road. ••Make first right onto Old Riverhead Road West, then make first left onto Jackson Avenue. Follow Jackson Avenue to the end, at the entrance gate to the facility.
Can I bring my electronic waste to the retailer where it was originally purchased for recycling?
If the retail location has been designated as a collection location for a manufacturer's electronic waste acceptance program, then it is required to accept electronics covered by the law for recycling or reuse free of charge. When not collecting on behalf of a manufacturer, a retailer may still accept your CEE for recycling or reuse, but a fee might be charged.
Always call ahead: Call ahead before using an electronic waste collection site as the site listed may not accept your particular type or brand of equipment. If the collection site is not affiliated with a manufacturer's acceptance program, you may be charged a fee to recycle your equipment.
What Electronic Equipment Can be Recycled?
- Computers (including desktops, laptops, table, PCs, e-readers, etc}
- Small Scale Servers
- Facsimile Machines*
- Document Scanners*
- Portable Digital Music Players
- DVD Players
- Digital Converter Boxes
- Cable or Satellite Receivers
- Electronic or Video Game Consoles
- Any cable, cord, or wiring permanently attached to or incorporated into an above-listed product.
* Only those intended for use with a computer and weighing less than 100 lbs.
For more information, visit the Department of Environmental Conservation and search fore-waste.
Questions? Please call us at 631-283-5210