Recycling Options on Long Island for Old Electronics

phoneWith the holidays approaching, many of us will give and receive new electronic devices. Whether you prefer to donate, trade in or recycle these items, Long Islanders have plenty of recycling options for old electronics.Apple
Apple has a strong recycling program. Bring in an old iPhone, iPad or computer (Mac or PC ). The staff will determine if the item qualifies for reuse. If it does, they will determine the amount you will receive and put it on an Apple Store Gift Card. If your iPhone, iPad, Mac or PC doesn’t qualify for reuse, they will recycle it. If you have an old iPod, bring it in and receive a 10 percent discount on the purchase of a new iPod. On Long Island, find Apple stores in Garden City, Huntington Station, Manhasset and Lake Grove.

Best Buy
While Best Buy is no longer accepting new customer plans, if you have already purchased one of their buy back plans, you can still get up to 50% off the original purchase price on a Best Buy gift card. Just make sure to return your mobile phone in good condition with all accessories within 6 months of effective date. Price back decreases after 6 months. Best Buy also has recycling programs set up for older electronics. Most Best Buy locations have a box right when you enter that accepts old items or you can bring them to the customer service desk. Best Buy has seven stores on Long Island in South Setauket, East Northport, Bay Shore, Huntington Station, Patchogue, Levittown and Westbury.

laptopeBay is a great option when trying to sell electronics. You can often sell them for more than you would get for a trade in. People are looking for great finds at value prices here, especially during the holidays.

Game Stop
Game Stop has a wonderful trade in program. Trade games, accessories, systems, smartphones or tablets toward select items for in-store credit or cash. On its website, there’s an option to estimate how much your device will be worth if traded in. Game Stop offers dozens of locations on Long Island.

Bring in working phones, cameras, MP3 players, game consoles, games and more to RadioShack. They will appraise the item and give a RadioShack gift card or you can trade it in towards another item. RadioShack guarantees these amounts for iPad trade-ins: $225 for working iPad with Retina display, $150 for working iPad Mini and $125 for working iPad 2.  RadioShack offers many locations throughout Long Island.

Call your local schools. Many schools now have robotics team that can take electronics for their e-waste program. You could also consider donating your old iPads and other devices to schools for classroom use.

Shelter Alliance
Shelter Alliance will donate $30 or more to domestic violence shelters for each smartphone, iPad or iPod turned in. They recycle responsibly through zero-landfill recycling as they will either resell working phones or refine non-usable phones (phones are shredded and smelted at its copper refinery).

Target will take iPhones, iPads, smartphones, laptops, games and more in its recycling program. Target provides a gift card in return for the assessed value of your items. Trade-in can take place through select stores or online via its website. Stores on Long Island accepting trade-ins include those in Valley Stream, Hicksville, Westbury, Levittown, Farmingdale, Copiague, Commack and Bay Shore.


Written By: Tara Arichabala
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