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Sanitation Announces More Electronics Recycling Events

October 5, 2005 | Vito A. Turso (646) 885-5020

Press Release # 05-55, FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

October Drop-Off Events Scheduled in Every Borough

Sanitation Commissioner John J. Doherty announced today that the Department is sponsoring five electronics recycling events where residents can drop off their old or non-working computer equipment, TVs, and cell phones. The events are being organized with the assistance of the Lower East Side Ecology Center and the support of Best Buy and Intel.

“Many computer owners are unaware that electronic equipment contains hazardous elements such as lead, mercury, and cadmium. Building partnerships with electronics manufacturers and retailers to create opportunities to recycle old equipment not only protects the environment but also helps keep our neighborhoods safe and clean,” Commissioner Doherty said.

“While electronic devices are safe to use in the home or office, they do pose an environmental risk when improperly discarded. It is always better to arrange for any unwanted items to be reused or recycled,” Commissioner Doherty added.

New Yorkers can recycle old or non-working electronic equipment (computers, monitors, TVs, printers, scanners, keyboards, mice, and cell phones) at one of the following electronics recycling events this October.

Schedule of Events
(All events will run from 9 am to 4 pm and will be held rain or shine)

Date,  Borough Location

Saturday, October 15 
Staten Island Staten Island Mall, Main Entrance
2655 Richmond Avenue
Richmond Avenue main parking lot

Sunday, October 16 
Manhattan Union Square, North Plaza
Southeast corner of 17th Street and Broadway

Saturday, October 22 
Bronx Mall at Bay Plaza
290 Baychester Avenue
Barnes & Noble parking lot

Sunday, October 23 
Queens Next to Long Island City Best Buy Store
50th Street between Northern Boulevard and Newtown Road

Saturday, October 29 
Brooklyn Borough Hall Greenmarket
Cadman Plaza West between Montague and Pierrepont Streets
All makes and models of electronic equipment will be accepted and drop off is free. Events are open to New York City residents only. Each resident can bring up to five pieces of equipment. 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.

The first 100 people to drop off electronic items for recycling at each event will receive a $5 Best Buy gift card.

The Department would like to thank the Council on the Environment of NYC’’s Greenmarket Program, the NYC Department of Parks & Recreation, Prestige Properties and Development Company, and General Growth Properties, Inc., for allowing the use of their space to hold these events.

For more information, call 311 or visit the Department's website at