New Yorkers, Recycle Your Gadgets at LES Ecology Center E-Waste Collections

by , 01/07/11
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Image © Grant Hutchinson

Americans created more than 3 million tons of electronic waste in 2008, according to the Environmental Protection Agency, and only 13.6 percent of it was recycled. With another holiday season behind us, many are adding to that number as they throw out old TVs and computers to make room for new techy toys. Throughout January, the Lower East Side Ecology Center will be collecting used or broken electronics at different locations in the city during their annual “After the Holidays” E-waste Events.

Recyclers have the chance to win a MacBook Air and will receive coupons for Apple Mac, iPod, or iPad, and an eco-friendly Samsung LCD monitor from Tekserve. If you’re a Zipcar member, you’ll also get a $15 driving credit. Check out the list of acceptable so you know what to bring.

Electronics are complicated to recycle, but there are dozens of resources out there that simplify the process for you. Because most electronics contain a variety of toxic materials like lead, mercury, arsenic, and brominated flame retardants, it’s important to take the extra time to properly dispose of e-waste.  Find your nearest drop-off location below and help the Ecology Center reach their goal of collecting 100 million tons!

All collections will run from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.:

Sunday, January 2 at Union Square Park north plaza, Broadway at East 17th Street, New York, NY

Saturday, January 8 at East 163 Street, between Southern Boulevard and Bruckner Boulevard, Bronx, NY, and Bowling Green Park east side, Broadway at Beaver Street, New York, NY

Sunday, January 9 at Queens Botanical Garden, parking lot entrance on Crommelin Street, Queens, NY

Saturday, January 15 at Tekserve, 119 West 23rd Street, New York, NY

Sunday, January 16 at Prospect Park West and 3rd Street, Brooklyn, NY

Saturday, January 22 at Ring Garden, Riverside Drive between Dyckman Street and Seaman Avenue, New York, NY, and Habana Outpost, Fulton Street b/w South Portland Avenue and South Oxford Street, Brooklyn, NY

Sunday, January 23 at Lenox Hill Neighborhood House, 331 East 70th Street between First and Second Avenues, New York, NY, and West 62nd Street between Columbus and Amsterdam Avenues, New York, NY

+ Lower East Side Ecology Center

Lead image © Grant Hutchinson; second image © Bert van Dijk; third image © iStockphoto; fourth image © Ry via Flickr