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With over 3,700 people attending the Queens SAFE Disposal event, the parking lot at St. John’s was quite the scene with everything from propane tanks to piles of computer monitors waiting to be sorted, packaged up, and shipped off to the appropriate recycling center. Despite the long line of hopeful recyclers stretching down the block, the Department of Sanitation staff worked quickly and effeciently to take trash off of people’s hands in an organized manner.

According to the DSNY’s Waste Prevention Unit Deputy Director David Hirschler, materials collected will either be recycled, blended for fuel, or sent to licensed hazardous waste treatment facilities for safe disposal depending on the type of product. Electronics will be responsibly recycled or refurbished for reuse through a manufacturer-funded program, with the exception of cell phones, which will be donated to the Mayor’s Office to combat domestic violence, through Hopeline from Verizon. The DSNY will also take extra precautions when it comes to personal data and safety. All data will be removed from electronics and cell phones before processing and unwanted medications will be managed by environmental police and incinerated to prevent accidental poisonings or entry into the water supply.

“The Department of Sanitation was thrilled to see the extraordinary turn out at our first annual SAFE Disposal event in Queens last weekend. We were proud to see so many New Yorkers dedicated to keeping these potentially harmful products out of the waste stream,“ the DSNY told Inhabitat.

Do you live in Brooklyn, the Bronx, or Staten Island and have electronics, paints, automotive parts, or other household items that you’re not sure how to get rid of? There are three more SAFE Disposal events starting this Sunday, May 6, so be sure to check them out. The Manhattan event already passed, but we recommend taking a short train or cab ride over to Brooklyn if you want to recycle your items there.

All events are from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Sunday, May 6
Prospect Park, Park Circle
corner of Parkside Ave & Prospect Park SW
cars enter from Parkside Ave.

The Bronx
Saturday, May 12
Lehman College, South Lot
on Goulden Ave, south of Bedford Park Blvd West

Staten Island
Saturday, May 19
Staten Island Mall, Parking Lot F
near main entrance, 2655 Richmond Ave

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