This is a great way to increase your “Green Karma” and clear out the clutter in your apartment, garage, and office.
The Queens Botanical Garden will host Electronic Waste Recycling Day on Sunday, Jan. 29, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The general public will be able to dispose of unwanted gadgets, appliances, and cords in the Flushing nonprofit’s parking lot on Crommelin Street during this time.
Organized in partnership with the Lower East Side Ecology Center, this 14th annual, after-the-holidays event’s goal is to collect 100 tons of “e-waste” that will be discarded in an environmentally responsible way that separates hazardous chemicals from water streams and the atmosphere.
LESEC accepts items such as working and non-working computers, monitors, routers, keyboards, cables, cords, video games, televisions, and cell phones. However, it won’t accept microwaves, refrigerators, air conditioners and a few other items. Click here for a complete list.
Solid waste is a long-term environmental and space usage problem. A plastic bottle biodegrades in roughly 450 years, while it takes about one million years for a glass bottle to break down completely.
E-waste is even more concerning because it often contains chemical elements such as cadmium, flame-retardants, lead, mercury, and phosphors. This form of trash is responsible for roughly 70 percent of the toxins in landfills even though it makes up about 1 percent of their volume, according to LESEC. That’s why e-waste recycling has been mandatory as per New York State law since Jan. 1, 2015. This kind of garbage has to go to designated haulers, and residents who leave e-waste on the curb for pickup face $100 fines.
LESEC is the largest non-municipal provider of e-waste recycling services in NYC. It runs the Gowanus E-Waste Warehouse, the city’s only free, permanent e-waste drop-off facility. The center also operates the online ReUse Store and is currently constructing a brick-and-mortar facility at the Brooklyn venue.
Front image: Inhabitat; Gallery images: LESEC