Recycling your old electronics is about to become a lot easier in NYC. This week, New York City Sanitation Commissioner John J. Doherty announced the launch of a new residential electronics recycling program called “e-cycleNYC” in partnership with Electronic Recyclers International (ERI). The free recycling service will be provided to buildings with 10 or more apartment units in each borough, so instead of lugging your broken 42’’ plasma through the subway to an e-waste drop off, you can save your strength for more important things like planting trees and composting.
“Recycling electronic equipment keeps harmful materials out of NYC’s waste stream and the environment,” said Commissioner Doherty. “While safe to use, electronics often contain lead, mercury, and other hazardous materials and in fact make up the largest and fastest growing component of the hazardous materials entering our waste stream.”
New York City sanitation officials elected ERI as partners after ensuring that none of the electronics the company received would be landfilled or exported illegally. ERI maintains relationships with many electronics manufacturers and recycles 200 million pounds of electronics annually throughout the country via all seven of their processing facilities.
The new program is part of the city’s ongoing efforts to boost recycling among residents and keep harmful wastes out of the environment. Buildings, management companies, or residents interested in participating in the program can visit www.nyc.gov/ecycle.
Via Fort Mill Times