Recycle your technology


Considering this is “Earth Week” so to say, here’s a place that a Hoboken411 reader suggested as a great location to recycle your broken, or worthless technology items. You can even get a discount towards new purchases!

This may be in Manhattan, but I haven’t been informed of a similar event in Hoboken, so what can I do?

Recycle Your Old Computer or iPod


Tekserve and The Lower East Side Ecology Center are co-sponsoring an electronic recycling drive. New York City area residents can properly recycle their electronic waste free of charge on Saturday and Sunday, April 26th & 27th from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Monday, April 28th from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. The collection point will be at 119 West 23rd Street in front of our store.

tekserve-recycling.pngWe are happy to say that last year, the event collected thousands of pounds of old electronics which can contain hazardous materials such as lead, cadmium and mercury and were safely recycled and disposed of.

To celebrate the event, anyone bringing electronics to be recycled can register at Tekserve for a raffle to win a MacBook Air or one of three 16GB iPod touches. All participants in the event will also receive a $25 discount on a new computer purchased within 30 days after the event.

Acceptable items for recycling include: computers, monitors, printers, fax machines, copiers, DVD or VCR players, radios, telephones, cell phones, televisions, cameras and stereo equipment.

Sorry we cannot accept the following items for recycling: Home appliances – including microwaves, stoves, refrigerators and air conditioners.

Other ways to recycle or donate:

Here’s other ways you can properly rid yourself of your electronics throughout the year:

iPod Recycling

Recycle your Old iPod at Tekserve for 10% off a New iPod

Bring your old iPod into Tekserve – in working condition or not – for free environmentally friendly disposal and we will offer you a 10% discount on a new iPod purchased at the same time. iPods received for recycling are processed domestically and no hazardous material is shipped overseas.

Computer Recycling

Tekserve will accept your old computer and recycle it for you if you are purchasing a new computer from us. Otherwise, there are drop-off points around the city, places that will accept a donation of your old computer and also periodic recycling day events.

Tekserve always accepts used Apple batteries for recycling at no charge.

Where can I properly recycle my old computer?

Tekserve supports the efforts of the Lower East Side Ecology Center which runs regular e-waste collection events. LESEC has begun a partnership with Build It Green NYC (BIG), located at 3-17 26th Ave, Astoria, Queens, which is open Tuesday-Friday 10-6 and Saturday 10-5, and will accept unwanted electronics. The NYC Department of Sanitation also works to recycle e-waste.

Why shouldn’t I just put my old computer in the trash?

Here’s a good article from the National Resources Defense Council explaining the issues. The Basel Action Network has lots more information about the the global problems of e-waste.

Where can I donate my old computer?

Nearly any group accepting donations wants working computers, not junk. Many insist on fairly recent units that will get people smoothly onto the Internet. A few to try are:

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