(BINGHAMTON, N.Y.) — Mayor Richard C. David on Tuesday announced the City will hold a free electronics drop-off day on Saturday, Aug. 10 at the Department of Public Works Garage at 17 Broad St.
“This is a chance for City residents to get rid of old and unwanted electronics that can’t be collected curbside and tend to accumulate in basements, attics or garages as a result,” said Mayor Richard C. David. “In worst-case scenarios, individuals illegally dump these items in vacant lots, creating eyesores in our neighborhoods. With Saturday’s free electronics drop-off, the City hopes to make it easy for residents to dispose of unwanted items responsibly.”
From 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, City residents will be allowed to drop off up to five electronic items at the DPW garage.
Acceptable materials include televisions, computers, printers, keyboards, radios, stereos, VCRs, microwaves, cell phones and fax machines.
New York State requires residents to properly recycle electronic waste. As a result, many electronics cannot be collected curbside with residents’ garbage.
Most countertop appliances, such as coffee makers and toasters, can be placed in the regular trash, along with vacuums and landline telephones. To dispose of larger appliances, including refrigerators, freezers, humidifiers and air conditioners, residents should call DPW dispatch to schedule a curbside pickup at (607) 772-7020.
Saturday’s free electronics drop-off is open only to City of Binghamton residents. Proof of residency, such as a driver’s license with a City address, will be required at the time of drop off.
Following the free drop-off, DPW staff will transport the collected electronics to the Broome County Landfill for proper recycling.
The Broome County Landfill also has designated collection days each month when Broome County residents can drop off electronic waste for free. On non-collection days, residents are charged a $5 fee.
For more information about the City’s electronics drop-off day, residents can call the Department of Public Works at (607) 772-7021.