Our old and broken electronics and home appliances should not be dusted in a closet or thrown in a landfill – it can contaminate groundwater and is illegal. Recycling, reprofiling and donation offer a safer and environmentally conscious method of caring for our e-waste, commonly known as “e-waste”.
Electronic waste includes, but is not limited to, televisions, computers, tablets, cell phones, printers, radios, toasters, and stereos. Improper disposal carries a $ 100 fine.
However, because it is now illegal to just throw e-waste in the trash, electronics manufacturers are also responsible for free recycling of e-waste to consumers. Many e-sellers also offer redemption or trade options in their stores.
If you have junk e-waste before donating or recycling, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency advises consumers:
- Think about upgrading your hardware or software before buying a new product.
- Remove all personal information from your electronics.
- Remove all batteries from the electronics that may need to be disposed of separately.
Here’s how to properly dispose of e-waste.
If your electronics are still in usable condition, think about donating them! Bushwick Ayuda Mutua (BAM) often accepts air conditioners and kitchen electronics, including microwave ovens and food processors. If you want to know about donations of other electronics, fill out this form.
You can also donate used but not damaged electronics or Salvation Army or goodwill devices. What can be considered “waste” in your home can be useful to someone else in our community.
To find out what types of electronics they accept, refer to the Salvation Army Donation Guide and the Goodwill Donation Guide.
The nearest Goodwill Store & Donation Center to Bushwik is located at 258 Livingston St. on Boerum Hill. The store is open every day of the week from 11.00 to 19.00, phone number 718-923-9037.
The Salvation Army Family Shop and Donation Center is located at 436 Atlantic Ave., also in Boerum Hill. The store is open Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., phone number 718-923-9037.
note: If you are a local organization that accepts donations in the field of electronics, comment on your name and contact information below!
Scholes Street recycling
Scholes Street Recycling is a nearby New York State licensed electronic waste collection facility. The facility recycles computers, monitors, printers, scanners and other electronics.
Dispose of your e-waste at Scholes Street Recycling or arrange for removal from your office or apartment building. After collecting your e-waste Scholes Street Recycling destroys data in accordance with EPA and industry standards.
Scholes Street Recycling is located at Scholes St. 492. The facility is open Monday through Friday from noon to 4:30 p.m. and has limited hours on Saturdays. Reach Scholes Street Recycling by calling (718) 386-5750.
Brooklyn Special Waste Disposal Point
The New York Department of Sanitation has several special waste collection points throughout the city where residents can throw away some harmful items for safe and secure disposal. These sites accept batteries, fluorescent bulbs, electronics and more.
Refer to a special list for waste disposal to find out how the best way to dispose of e-waste or other harmful products.
The Brooklyn website is located at 459 North Henry St. in Greenpoint. It is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. every Saturday and the last Friday of the month.
Bring your old device to any Apple store for sharing or recycling. After evaluating the device, Apple can apply the price of the item to a new purchase or put it on a gift card. Apple trade-in also accepts third-party devices (not Apple). If the device does not meet the requirements for exchange, Apple will recycle it for free.
Call Apple Support or the store in advance to make sure they are accepting your old appliance.
The closest Apple store to Bushwick is at 247 Bedford Ave. in Williamsburg. The store is open from 10.00 to 21.00 Monday to Friday, from 10.00 to 20.00 on Saturday and from 11.00 to 19.00 on Sunday. Store Phone (929) 397-2740.
Your obsolete and even broken electronics can be recycled for free at Staples. There is a limit of seven items per customer per day.
Before you go on a trip, check the list of items that are accepted for recycling in Staples. Staples accepts most electronic waste, except TVs, smoke detectors, large speakers, kitchen electronics, home appliances and alkaline batteries.
The nearest Staples store to Bushwick is located at 535 Morgan Ave. The store is open from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Sunday. Phone store (718) 388-3447.
The best buy
At Best Buy you can bring up for recycling up to three items to the household per day. Laptops, radios, vacuum cleaners, fans, curling irons, alarm clocks, turntables and more are accepted for recycling. Refer to the list of accepted and unaccepted goods to find out if e-waste suits you.
Best Buy also has the ability to export larger electronics and home appliances, such as fitness equipment and dishwashers.
The Best Buy in Brooklyn is located at 625 Atlantic Ave. at the Atlantic Terminal Mall on the second floor. The store is open every day from 11.00 to 19.00, phone number (718) 230-7480.
Share or recycle your used phones or tablets at participating AT&T stores. You do not need to contact AT&T to surrender your electronics. Before you go to the store, call in advance to make sure they accept your device for sharing or recycling.
Participating AT&T stores:
- 56-43 Myrtle Ave., Queens, NY 11385, phone: (718) 386-2500
- 21 Graham Ave., Brooklyn, NY 11206, phone: (718) 302-6514
- 491 Myrtle Ave., Brooklyn, NY 11205, phone: (718) 210-0211
If you still don’t know what to do with your e-waste, contact the New York State Department of the Environment for e-waste by calling 518-402-8706 or e-mail. [email protected].
Residents can also schedule the removal of e-waste with the New York City Department of Sanitation through the removal request form.
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