Recycling Personally Owned Computers and Electronics
Discover ways that you can recycle your personally-owned
computers and other electronic equipment in the Buffalo area.
Clean Your Device Before Recycling
Before donating or recycling your computer, use DBAN software to
erase information from all disk drives. You should also erase
(wipe) any smartphones or tablets you are recycling.
Erase Your Exchange Data from Smartphones
If you are on UBmail Powered by Exchange (Exchange Mail), you
should also erase (wipe) your smartphone before you recycle
- Open Outlook Web Access (OWA) at https://exchowa.buffalo.edu.
- Sign onto OWA with your UBITName and password.
- Click on the Options button in the upper right corner
and scroll down to Mobile Devices on the left.
- Click on the desired smartphone to highlight it and click
Wipe all data from device…
- Smartphone status will change to “pending”. The
next time the device connects to the service provider's network or
a wireless network, it will receive the wipe command and erase all
data from the device.
- You will receive an automated email once the device is
See Where to Recycle Electronics
These local places accept electronics for recycling or re-use.
Check to see they accept your type of equipment before you drop it
eWaste Alliance Network
To recycle your electronics with eWaste Alliance Network,
consisting of vendors, towns and villages across New York State, view a list of drop off
sites by county.
Amherst Highway Department
Your unwanted electronics can be recycled at the Town of Amherst
Highway Department (1042 North Forest Road), between 7 AM and 7 PM
on weekdays. Check
their list of acceptable items (PDF).
Learn About Other Electronics Recycling Initiatives
The Electronics Recycling Superguide
Electronics Recycling Days
Watch the UB Green events
calendar for UB’s periodic on-campus Electronics
Recycling Days and other green initiatives.
Some electronics contain batteries. University Environmental
Health and Safety maintains battery
recycling drop-off containers on campus. Battery recycling is
separated into two types: alkaline (AAA, AA, C, D and 9-volt) and
rechargeable and sealed lead acid (NiCad, Ni-MH, Lithium Ion,
Mercury, silver button and sealed lead acid.) There are different
recycling methods for each type.