2005-09-29 / Top Stories

NYC Sanitation Dept. Will Begin Recycling Unwanted Electronics

At some point or another, we’ve all been guilty of “computer abuse.” That happens when no matter what key you press, your new state-of-the-art computer remains “frozen.” At that mo-ment most of us start thinking the un-thinkable about what we’d want to do with it. To add insult to injury, by the time you feel comfortable with your computer and regard it as a trusted friend…it’s become obsolete! Sooner or later, your cell phone and TV set will follow the same fate.

So, in keeping with the tradition of “in with the new, out with the old,” you buy yourself new gadgets. But that means getting rid of the old ones. Unfortunately, it’s not so simple to dispose of electronic equipment in a safe, environmentally responsible man-ner. Electronic items contain lead, mercury and cadmium — all hazardous elements that shouldn’t be released into the environment. This is the reason why the Department of Sanitation is sponsoring five electronic recycling events in October that will give all of us an opportunity to recycle our old or non-working electronic equipment.

What brands and models can you recycle at these events? We’ll accept electronic equipment of all brands and models. And the drop off is free!

All equipment will be recycled. Cell phones will be donated to Collective Good, an organization that redistributes reusable cell phones and supports charitable organizations through recycling.

We know that a good deed is its own reward, but if you’re among the first 100 people to drop off your electronic items at one of our recycling events, you’ll walk away with a $5 Best Buy gift card! That’s because Best Buy and Intel are sponsors of this recycling effort.

Recycling events will run from 9 AM to 4 PM and will be held rain or shine. The one in Brooklyn is scheduled for the Saturday, October 29 at Brooklyn Borough Hall Greenmarket Cadman Plaza West, between Montague and Pierrepont streets

Remember, events are open to New York City residents only. Each resident can bring up to five (5) items.

For more information, call 311 or visit the Department’s web site, at www.nyc.gov/sanitation. For further information on other environmentally acceptable disposal options or where to donate working electronic equipment, visit www.nyc.gov/nycwasteless.

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