Discover ways that you can recycle your personally-owned computers and other electronic equipment in the Buffalo area.
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.
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.
This wipes your entire phone, not just your Exchange mail.
These local places accept electronics for recycling or re-use.
Check to see they accept your type of equipment before you drop it
Goodwill® centers take many types of items as donations. Read their guidelines for making donations, and locate Goodwill® centers in your area using your ZIP code.
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.
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).
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.