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Sanitation Announces Fall 2008 Electronics Recycling and Used Clothing Donation Events

Tuesday, August 26, 2008 | Vito A. Turso/Matthew LiPani

Press Release # 08-40, FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Sanitation Commissioner John J. Doherty announced today that the Department of Sanitation will be sponsoring a series of electronics and used clothing donation events in September where New York City residents can recycle unwanted electronic items and donate gently used clothing and linens to a local charitable organization.
"Whenever you have electronic equipment or old clothing you no longer need, it is always better to arrange for these to be reused or recycled rather than thrown away," Commissioner Doherty said.
Since 2004, New Yorkers have dropped off over 1.3 million pounds of electronic equipment, over 4,500 pounds of cell phones, and over 350,000 pounds of used clothing and linens at DSNY sponsored collection and donation events.

The events will be held rain or shine from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. on the following dates:



Sunday, September 7, 2008

Keyspan Park, Coney Island                                  (Surf Ave. & 19th St., take Cropsey Ave. exit off the Belt Parkway)

Saturday, September 13, 2008

Columbia University, 116th St. between Amsterdam Ave. & Morningside Drive (cars enter at 116th St. and Amsterdam Ave.)

Sunday, September 14, 2008

Staten Island
Staten Island Mall
Parking Lot F
(near main entrance, 2655 Richmond Ave.)

Saturday, September 20, 2008

Forest Park, Bandshell Parking Lot
(enter park at Forest Park Drive & Woodhaven Blvd.)

Sunday, September 28, 2008

Lehman College, North Lot
(Goulden Ave., just south of Bedford Park West)


"The events are a great opportunity to put your old or unwanted electronic equipment and gently used clothing and linens to good use," said Commissioner Doherty.
The events are being held with the assistance of Goodwill Industries and the Lower East Side Ecology Center with support from our ongoing sponsors Best Buy, Con Edison, and Intel.  Other partners include Columbia University, Herbert Lehman College; the NYC Department of Parks and Recreation; and Staten Island Mall/General Growth Properties.
If you can't make it to the fall events, the Department encourages New Yorkers to donate unwanted clothing and other household items in good condition, to their local thrift stores or nonprofit organizations. 


The Department will be collecting old or non-working computer equipment, TVs, VCRs, DVD players, portable digital music players, and cell phones from NYC residents at each event.  New Yorkers can bring up to five pieces of old or non-working electronic equipment (computers, monitors, desktop printers, scanners, keyboards, mice, TVs, VCRs, DVD players, DVRs, portable digital music players, and cell phones) to any event. All makes and models are accepted and drop off is free.  All electronic equipment will be recycled. 

The first 100 people to drop off electronics at each event will receive a $5 Best Buy gift card.
"While electronic devices are safe to use in the home or office, they do pose an environmental risk when improperly discarded," reminded Commissioner Doherty.

Cell phones collected during these events will benefit survivors of domestic violence through a program of the Mayor's Office to Combat Domestic Violence.

The event is being held through the assistance of the Lower East Side Ecology Center with the support of Best Buy, Con Edison, and Intel. 
Starting July 1, 2009, under NYC's Electronic Equipment Recycling and Reuse Act (Local Law 13 of 2008), New Yorkers can return used electronics to the manufacturer for recycling. After July 1, 2010, it will be illegal for New Yorkers to dispose of these items in the trash.



In an effort to reduce waste by capturing reusable textiles that would otherwise be thrown away, the Department, through the assistance of Goodwill Industries, is sponsoring a clothing and linens donation drive at each event.
Clothing and linens accepted for donation include: pants, dresses, shirts, sweaters, shoes, handbags, belts, blankets, towels, sheets, curtains, and tablecloths. All clothing and linens should be placed in plastic bags and tied securely to avoid moisture contamination.
If you can't make it to the clothing donation drives, the Department of Sanitation encourages New Yorkers to donate unwanted clothing and other household items in good condition to their local thrift stores or nonprofit organizations.