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Sanitation's electronics recycling and used clothing events an overwhelming success

October 23, 2006 | Vito A. Turso / Matthew LiPani(646) 885-5020

Press Release # 06-52, FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

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

According to final tallies compiled by the Department's Bureau of Waste Prevention, Reuse and Recycling, more than 191 tons of electronic equipment, such as old non-functioning computers, TVs and cell phones, were recycled at the five events attended by nearly 8,500 New Yorkers, reported Sanitation Commissioner John J. Doherty.   Each category increased significantly, with a 227% increase of clothing donated, a 62% increase in electronics donated, and a 44% increase in cell phones donated, compared with recent Spring 2006 numbers.  Over 103 tons of gently used clothing and linens were recently collected. 

"These overwhelmingly successful events have proven that New Yorkers are willing to recycle.  Many computer owners actually were unaware that electronics equipment contains 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 191.10 tons of old computers and televisions were collected and recycled, while 1,244.50 pounds of old cell phones were also collected. 

The events were held with the assistance of Goodwill Industries, the Salvation Army, and the Lower East Side Ecology Center with support from Best Buy and Intel.  Other partners included the Staten Island Mall/General Growth Properties; NYC Department of Parks and Recreation; Prospect Park Alliance; the Mall at Bay Plaza/Prestige Properties & Development Co., Inc.; and Queens College. 

Final Stats

Staten Island
1,235 attendees    
36.67 tons of electronics     
20 tons of clothes       
174 lbs of cell phones

2,252 attendees    
36.72 tons of electronics     
16 tons of clothes       
390 lbs of cell phones

2,077 attendees     
41.42 tons of electronics     
25 tons of clothes       
237 lbs of cell phones

1,030 attendees     
18.23 tons of electronics    
15.74 tons of clothes    
79 lbs of cell phones

1,859 attendees     
58.06 tons of electronics     
26.50 tons of clothes   
364.5 lbs of cell phones

City Total
8,453 attendees   
191.10 tons of electronics   
103.24 tons of clothes  
1,244.5 lbs of cell phones