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Sanitation’s Electronics Recycling Events a Success

November 14, 2005 | Vito A. Turso (646) 885-5020

Press Release # 05-66, FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

The five borough-by-borough electronics recycling events sponsored by the Department of Sanitation in October proved to be well attended and enormously successful.

According to final tallies compiled by the Department’s Bureau of Waste Prevention, Recycling and Reuse, more than 195 tons of electronic equipment, such as old non-working computers, TVs and cell phones, were recycled at the five events by nearly 4,300 attendees, said Sanitation Commissioner John J. Doherty.

“Many computer owners were unaware that electronics equipment contained hazardous elements such as lead, mercury and cadmium,” said Commissioner Doherty. “By developing partnerships with electronics manufacturers and retailers, we were able to create these unique opportunities for New Yorkers to recycle their unwanted electronic equipment and protect the environment.”

A total of 195.94 tons of old computers and televisions were collected and recycled, while 1,432 pounds of old cell phones were donated to Collective Good, an organization that redistributes reusable cell phones and supports charitable organizations through recycling.  Additionally, 217 pounds of used batteries were recycled at the five events.

Corporate sponsors for the recycling drive included Best Buy and Intel.  Also participating were the Council on the Environment, the NYC Department of Park and Recreation, Prestige Properties and Development Company and General Growth Properties, Inc.

Computer Drop-off Final Stats


Staten Island    
958 attendees 51.77 tons of electronics 554 pounds of cell phones
1,534 attendees 49.16 tons of electronics 449 pounds of cell phones
352 attendees 14.67 tons of electronics 72 pounds of cell phones
722 attendees 44.81 tons of electronics 171 pounds of cell phones
727 attendees 35.52 tons of electronics 186 pounds of cell phones
4,293 attendees 195.94 tons of electronics 1,432 pounds of cell phones