Electronic Equipment

The Rescue Mission and Salvation Army accept donations of usable, reasonably modern computers and other electronics (no monitors at Salvation Army).

A growing number of manufacturers, including Dell and Apple, offer take-back programs.

Best Buy accepts most electronics, with few exceptions, at no charge.

Staples accepts common office technology products at no cost to you.

Newtech Recycling on Hiawatha Place in Syracuse accepts Sony® items for free and other brands for varying fees (call 315.463.1112)

OCRRA's resource page for recycling electronics.

Printer/Copier Cartridges

Some manufacturers, such as HP and Lexmark, offer free mail-back programs for empty cartridges. Check your packaging or the manufacturer's website for more information.

Staples accepts all brands of ink and laser toner cartridges and offers an exchange-by-mail service.

OfficeMax accepts HP, Lexmark and Dell brand ink and toner cartridges.

Kitchen Appliances

Salvation Army accepts small appliances, such as coffee makers and toaster ovens (no microwaves).

The Syracuse Habitat for Humanity ReStore accepts microwaves and large appliances, such as refrigerators, stoves and dishwashers. Items must be clean and no more than 10 years old.

Dispose of items that cannot be donated: Deliver large or small appliances to OCRRA's Ley Creek Drop-off Site. You may have to pay an extra fee for items with refrigerants.

Have any items you cannot deliver yourself picked up for a fee by CSG (East Syracuse, 315.433.5032) or Charette Brothers (Syracuse, 315.469.1663).

Cell Phones

Cell Phones for Soldiers collects phones for the benefits of U.S. troops.

Trade in your cellphone, or recycle it through Verizon.

Amazon also offers a device trade in program.

Athletic Shoes

Usable shoes can be donated to the Rescue Mission or the Salvation Army. There are also periodic shoe drives at local stores, schools and places of worship. For example, the Finish Line on Erie Boulevard has participated in the Soles for Souls program.


Wheels for Wishes is a car donation program benefiting Make-A-Wish Central New York. To learn more about the program, visit wheelsforwishes.org/syracuse.

Give2Kids, New York-help kids with cancer, in New York, through your car donation. Learn more about the program by visiting give2kids.com/car-donation-ny

The Keep America Beautiful Vehicle Donation Program, through Insurance Auto Auctions’ Donation Division, offers a tax-deductible way to dispose of unwanted vehicles in almost any condition. Click here to learn more and donate.

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