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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.

Wipe Your Smartphones

You should erase (wipe) your smartphone before you recycle it.

If you are on UBmail Powered by Exchange, you can use Exchowa (OWA) to wipe it, following the directions below. 

Important:

This wipes your entire phone, not just your Exchange mail.

  1. Open Outlook Web Access (OWA) on your computer, not phone, at https://exchowa.buffalo.edu and log in with your UBITName and password and the Captcha displayed on the page.
  2. Select Options > See All Options.
  3. Select Phone.
  4. Select the Mobile Phones tab.
  5. Click on the smartphone you want to remove.
  6. Click Wipe Device.
  7. 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.
  8. You will receive an automated email once the device is wiped.

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 off.

Sunnking

Goodwill®

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.

Battery Recycling

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.

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