By Gina Martinez
Councilman Peter Koo (D-Flushing) teamed up with the city Department of Sanitation and the Lower East Side Ecology Center to host an e-waste event where residents can drop off unwanted electronics.
Flushing residents and small businesses will be able to bring their electronics to Flushing’s Queens Botanical Garden parking lot Sunday, July 16, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The collected materials will be either reused or recycled in a local, safe, and sustainable manner. Participants can bring a variety of electronics that include, but are not limited to, televisions, DVD players, VCR’s, computers, monitors, keyboards, mouse cables, scanners, cell phones and tablets.
Koo said electronic waste poses a danger to our environment due to the large amount of heavy metals contained inside them.
“Recycling these materials eases the burdens on our landfills, creates jobs and conserves natural resources,” he said. “A sustainable community takes a conscious effort from all of us, and I’d like to thank the Lower East Side Ecology Center and the Queens Botanical Garden for helping to make our community a cleaner place to live, work and visit.”
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