What You Should Know—So Someone Doesn’t Know Too Much About You!
By placing unwanted home computers at the curb for disposal*, you offer identity thieves an opportunity to learn a lot about you. Your account numbers, passwords and social security number may be left behind to dishonest people. When your computer is taken to be recycled, however, your hard drive can be reformatted and all of your personal information permanently erased.
*Effective 1/1/12, trash haulers cannot pick-up certain ewaste placed curbside for disposal (click here for details). Businesses/not-for-profits are required by law to recycle most e-waste.
What you Should Know About Electronics Disposal, the Environment and the Law
Most computer monitors and televisions contain about five pounds of lead. Computers also contain other elements that, if improperly disposed of, can be environmental hazards (including metals and rechargeable batteries).
Where can you Dispose of/Recycle Electronics in a Secure and Environmentally-Safe Way?
There are several companies and municipalities in the Monroe County area that will accept computers/TVs from residents. Residents should call their local municipality to see if recycling programs are offered. Several programs are listed below. Click on the links, or call the listed numbers for details.
- Monroe County ecopark
10 Avion Drive
Rochester, NY 14624
Phone: (585) 753-7600 (Option #3)
Goodwill stores in the Greater Rochester area (Brockport, Greece, Henrietta, Penfield-Webster, downtown Rochester, Webster, Victor, Macedon and Perinton-Fairport) accept all computer equipment (including monitors) Free-of-Charge (only the Henrietta store accepts TVs). All printer cartridges are also accepted. Program details can be found by clicking here or by calling 232-1111. This is a charitable gift and donation receipts will be given.
- Sunnking, Inc.
4 Owens Road
Brockport, NY 14420
Phone: (585) 637-8365
- Regional Computer Recycling and Recovery
395 Central Avenue
Rochester, NY 14605
Phone: (585) 924-3840
- Maven Technologies
1450 Lyell Avenue
Rochester, NY 14606
Phone: (585) 458-2460
- Imagine It Recycling
565 Blossom Road, Suite D
Rochester, NY 14610
Fundraising for charities and schools through the recycling of printer cartridges and small electronics (gaming devices, GPS devices, PDAs, cell phones, laptops, USB memory sticks, digital cameras, etc.). Imagine It has many convenient recycling boxes (grocery stores, schools, libraries, etc.).
Most computer manufacturers also offer recycling options for electronic equipment. For a partial listing of these companies, click here.
Donate your Functional Home or Corporate Computers to Micrecycle
Micrecycle is a not-for-profit program of Action for a Better Community that accepts certain usable computer components for reuse. The organization has distributed more than 7,000 refurbished computers to low-income families, schools, and other not-for-profit agencies that serve low-income residents of Monroe County. For a list of equipment accepted by Micrecycle call 585 224-4040.
Rechargeable Battery, Printer Cartridge and Cell Phone Recycling
State law requires retailers of Nickel-Cadmium (Ni-Cad), Button and Lithium Ion batteries to accept them back for recycling. These retailers include: Best Buy, Lowes, Home Depot, Sears, Staples, Sprint, Target, Radio Shack, Batteries Plus and Verizon Wireless. The Monroe County ecopark will also accept these batteries (alkaline batteries are not accepted). Effective Dec. 5, 2011, state law prohibits persons from knowingly disposing of most rechargeable batteries in the garbage.
Cellular phone retailers must, by NYS law, accept cell phones back for recycling or arrange for such via shipping. For printer cartidges, see the Imagine It link above. These items are also accepted by Monroe County’s Household Hazardous Waste program--click here or call 753-7600 (option 3).
NOTE--Regular household alkaline or zinc batteries can be disposed of in the trash. For a fee-based alkaline/zinc battery recycling program, visit: www.thinkgreenfromhome.com/batteries.cfm.