Get Rid of Old, Dusty, Crusty, E-Waste

Ewaste PileFinding a place to recycle unwanted electronics, e-waste, in Saratoga County is really difficult! Luckily, I did all the searching and calling for you!!

After moving, twice in less than a year, I have really started to appreciate the idea of having less stuff.

Why did we move a bunch of old electronics stuff? Old CD disc changers, VCR’s, old speakers, broken Ryobi drill batteries and chargers, an old fashioned tv?

Enough! Let’s get rid of this unwanted, dirty, yucky old stuff. Throwing it away in the garbage bin would be easy, but not good for the environment. As I tell the kids, Wall-E would cry.

(I know, Wall-E is a robot and robots do not cry, not to mention the whole fictional character thing. But that movie affected me.)

I need to find places for Recyling E-Waste!

I started with a call to County Waste. It’s our garbage company, they are proud of their single stream recycling.

Nope. They do not recycle electronics or any e-waste and do not have any idea who does. Ok. Thanks for not being helpful.

To Google!

 

I Googled electronics recycling 12866 and recycle e-waste 12866. I found an AWESOME looking company named All Green Recycling. Supposedly right here in Saratoga Springs, click to schedule your pickup…it seems to be some sort of SPAM site. The locations are in places like Texas and California, New York City. No drop off location for 200 miles. Ugh. Why do they do that? Ugh. Thanks for not helping.

Here’s a great pdf with information about recycling centers in Saratoga County. There are 5 different locations to drop off your stuff. I stopped into the one in Wilton on the same street as Hannaford and Kohls. BUT, they do NOT do electronics recycling. NO E-Waste Recycling available at these places.

The very nice man there suggested Best Buy.

Take me to Best Buy…

Best Buy is right in Wilton across the street from the mall. I pulled up to the front door with a trunk full of electronics junk. They only take 3 e-waste items per person per day. UGH!!! (but at least it’s free).

I brought in 3 things and hubby brought in 3. We pretended not to know each other. It was fun. We smiled at each other but didn’t talk.

BestBuy_Wilton

Best Buy in Wilton NY, photo: Everyday Saratoga

6 things gone but didn’t make a dent in the trunk full. Sigh.

I checked the Best Buy website for all the locations in the area. There is only ONE, Wilton, across from the Mall. I guess we are pretty lucky to have one close by.

See the map above or here is the address for your GPS:
3062 Route 50, Saratoga Springs, NY 12866
(518) 583-1785

Back to searching…

eWaste Alliance Network states they have over 300 drop off locations. I searched Saratoga County and voila! 6 locations come up! Each e-waste recycling listing is clickable and gives the address, hours they accept items, and phone number to call to check for what items they take. They do not include the website for the businesses or locations.

I searched Google for the websites and I ASSUMED each would list the items they take. It makes sense to reduce the number of phone calls they have to take listing the e-waste items they will recycle. Can you believe that out of the 6 places listed in Saratoga County, only 2 listed the items they are willing to take? And that was even hard to find on their websites.

So I did the searching and calling for you! Here’s what I found:

Electronics / E-Waste Recycling in Saratoga County

**UPDATE**

Saratoga – Staples

Staples in the Target Plaza in Wilton offers Electronics Recycling. Rocking it Staples! Staples will take almost everything and some of your things may even be eligible for Staples Cash. I’ve been recycling printer ink for years, but they recycle so much more. Here is a link to their page with a huge list of what they recycle. On the Staples web site they state a limit of 7 items per day. *NO TVs*

Saratoga – Colwell Computers:

**Update**

Colwell Computers has closed.

Town of Corinth Landfill

The Landfill in the Town of Corinth takes care of e-waste recycling for FREE!  If you are dropping off e-waste, you do not need to prove your residency, only if you are dropping off garbage.

8 am – 4pm Tuesday – Saturday
129 Heath Road, Corinth, NY 12822
518-654-8155

The page on the E-Waste website has lots of good information, that I called and verified for you. INCORRECT: the phone number to call is 518-654-8155. The man on the phone explained that everything is free to drop off to the electronics shed except OLD TVs. *NO TVs*

Saratoga – Spa Dot Net

This web design place on Broadway has limited space for collecting e-waste, but can take computers, CPU’s, and flat screen monitors. not so much on the accessories like keyboards, mice, cables, etc. Call first to make sure they can take it and someone will be there to accept it.
112 South Broadway
Saratoga Springs, NY 12866
518-581-0690

Town of Edinburg:

Transfer, Reuse and Recycling Center, Military Road
Open Fridays and Saturdays
May – October 9:00 – 3:00
November – April 12:00 – 3:00
*Must have a resident sticker/permit on vehicle

Town of Northumberland: e-waste? Nope.

Here is a pdf of Northumberland’s transfer station information. It says nothing of electronics recycling.

Town of Clifton Park:

Helpful information about why only some items can be recycled for free and why they need to charge for other items.
Here is a great list of the e-waste items they accept and which have a fee.
*Must have a permit. Permits can be purchased at the transfer station with proof of residency/ownership of property.

Let’s review:

There are 4 main places in Saratoga County that will take our Electronics Recycling for FREE.

  • Retail locations: Staples, Colwell Computers and Best Buy – Limited #
  • Landfill: Town of Corinth

If dropping off at Colwell, Staples or Best Buy, here is a limit to how much they can store prior to having it picked up. So we all have to recycle a little at a time.

If you know of any other places or have been to these places, please let us know in the comments!

Thanks for reading! I hope it helps!  :o)

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7 Responses to Get Rid of Old, Dusty, Crusty, E-Waste

  1. Jason October 20, 2016 at 7:04 pm #

    THANK YOU! For putting this together. It really is annoying to search this and sort through all the mis-information.

  2. Norm griffin November 7, 2016 at 4:09 pm #

    An awesome update. TYVM. So sad that this country seems not to want to deal with this issue. Will become an environmental disaster sooner than we think. U think old tires along the side of the road r an eye sore? Am seein many tv’s & monitors out there as of late.

  3. Paula December 2, 2016 at 3:40 pm #

    Best Buy charges $25 to recycle a television, and Staples does not recycle televisions

    • Dave October 8, 2018 at 5:14 pm #

      Saratoga is having a waste drop off day at Spac parking lot on Oct 20th. TV’s are $20. All volunteers, non profit.

  4. Fingerprint February 27, 2018 at 10:38 pm #

    Thanks for the great tips! I do have a question however that I think you could probably answer.
    I was wondering, Which field should I choose for part-time freelancing:
    graphic design, web development or web design? Is one the
    best in your opinion? Any insight would be greatly appreciated!

  5. Karen March 10, 2018 at 12:47 am #

    You did a great job here wrapping all the local information into one page and it was very clear. Thank you so much.

  6. odile buclez-birsh July 16, 2019 at 10:33 pm #

    thank you so much!!!
    very useful and informative

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