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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Press Release #17-19
Tuesday, April 4, 2017
CONTACT: Vito A. Turso/Belinda Mager 646-885-5020

Milestone: Ten Million Pounds of Electronics and Ten Million Pounds of Textiles Collected and Recycled Through DSNY Programs

The New York City Department of Sanitation announced two major milestones for its high-rise apartment building recycling programs; re-fashioNYC has collected 10 million pounds of used clothing, towels and linens, while the electronics recycling program, e-cycleNYC, has collected 10 million pounds of unwanted electronic items, such as computers and televisions.

“We are very thankful to our partners, Housing Works and ERI, and the New York City residents, who enabled us to reach this milestone,” said Sanitation Commissioner Kathryn Garcia. “With more than 430,000 residents having access to re-fashioNYC, and 2.3 million with access to e-cycleNYC, together, we have given 10 million pounds of textiles a new life, and ensured 10 million pounds of potentially harmful electronics are recycled correctly.”

DSNY operates the re-fashionNYC program in partnership with the non-profit Housing Works to make clothing donation easy through a convenient in-building collection service. Apartment buildings with 10 or more units can apply to receive a donation bin placed in a common area of the building. Residents put their unwanted textiles in the bin. When the bin is full, the material is collected and put to reuse. All proceeds from donations support the charitable mission of Housing Works. The program began in 2010.

“10 million pounds of materials being diverted from landfills is a huge accomplishment, and Housing Works is honored to have been a part of it. We look forward to seeing that amount increase substantially through the re-fashionNYC program. Housing Works is here to not only to see the end of AIDS as an epidemic but to always be a part of the global solution! We want consumers to be conscious of the world they live in, that includes recycling and reusing!,” said Andrew Greene, Housing Works, Senior Vice President, Development, Marketing, and Entrepreneurial Businesses.

Due to a New York State law, residents may no longer place electronic items in the trash as they often contain lead, mercury and cadmium, harmful components that should not end up in a landfill. The e-cycleNYC program allows apartment buildings with more than 10 units to get their electronics collected either with a collection bin or in a storage area. Residents place their unwanted electronics in the bin. When the bin is full, the material is collected and then recycled. Other options in the program, include household special waste drop-off sites, SAFE Disposal events, and NYC’s pilot curbside program in Staten Island. The program is a public-private partnership between the Department and ERI; it is fully funded by electronics manufacturers and is free to taxpayers and participating buildings. The program began in 2013.

“We are honored to have co-created this constructive collaboration and this historic and successful partnership with the great city of New York and forward-thinking manufacturers such as Samsung, LG, and VIZIO,” said John Shegerian, Chairman and CEO of ERI. “That we have now collected more than 10 million pounds of electronic waste from New York City residents for responsible, effective recycling is a huge accomplishment. Plus, the program now serves more than 2.3 million New Yorkers – more than a quarter of the New York City population. As someone who was born and raised here, it’s a humbling and rewarding experience to be able to help so many in our city do the right thing and responsibly recycle their e-waste – the fastest growing waste stream in the world today – and keep millions of pounds of toxic electronics out of New York landfills!”

“We at Samsung Electronics America are proud to have played a role, alongside DSNY, ERI and our fellow manufacturers, to help the people of New York City become more environmentally responsible by offering them a convenient opportunity to safely recycle their electronics,” said Mark Newton, Director, Regulatory and Environmental Affairs Samsung Electronics America, Inc. “Sustainability is a fundamental component of Samsung’s business and we are committed to offering free and convenient recycling through important initiatives like E-cycleNYC and through a network of fixed collection sites, regional collection events, retail partnerships, product trade-in offerings and mail back programs. We look forward to celebrating the next ten million pounds of collected e-waste.”

“VIZIO is pleased to partner with ERI in New York City and applauds ERI and their partners in New York for their work in collecting over 10 million pounds of end-of-life consumer electronics from New York City residents,” said Caitlin Sanchez, VIZIO.

The milestone announcement was made at Strivers Gardens, a building participating in both the e-cycleNYC and re-fashionNYC programs since May 2015. To date, the complex has recycled 3,060 pounds of electronics, and 21,420 pounds of clothing and textiles. Additionally, in September 2015, residents began participating in the NYC Organics Collection program for food scraps and yard waste.

Buildings, management companies or residents who want more information on the e-cycleNYC or re-fashionNYC program may visit http://nyc.gov/apt-recycling.

About the New York City Department of Sanitation

The Department of Sanitation (DSNY) keeps New York City healthy, safe and clean by collecting, recycling and disposing of waste, cleaning streets and vacant lots, and clearing snow and ice. The Department operates 59 district garages and manages a fleet of more than 2,000 rear-loading collection trucks, 450 mechanical brooms and 689 salt/sand spreaders. The Department clears litter, snow and ice from approximately 6,500 miles of City streets and removes debris from vacant lots as well as abandoned vehicles from City streets.