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Queens lawmakers to host biannual recycling event at Forest Park

Forest Park Bandshell parking lot in Woodhaven. (Screenshot via Google Maps)

Senator Joseph Addabbo Jr. and Assemblywoman Jenifer Rajkumar are returning to Forest Park to host another biannual paper shredding and household goods event on Sunday, Sept. 26.

The lawmakers will have a paper shredding truck from USA Shred and the United War Veterans Council to collect household goods on hand at the Forest Park Bandshell Parking Lot from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. 

Addabbo thanked Rajkumar for helping to organize the event, as well as Shred USA and the United War Veterans Council for their continued partnership.

“I am happy to announce that this great event will be returning to Forest Park again this fall,” Addabbo said. “It is one of our most popular events and allows our constituents to clean out their homes and donate some of their extra things to a great veterans organization, and to safely and securely shred their personal, business or medical files.”

Residents can bring items such as paper (three boxes maximum of personal, business or medical files), clothing and shoes, small appliances, kitchenware, toys, jewelry, small furniture, American flags and eyeglasses.

Items that won’t be accepted are any electronics, cardboard, magazines, file folders, pre-shredded paper, air conditioners, paint and tires.

To ensure safety, the New York City Parks Department is requiring all participants to wear masks when in the parking lot, especially when interacting with a volunteer.

Those who wish to make donations or shred their documents are also asked to stay in their vehicles as much as possible, for the safety of staff and volunteers.

The Parks Department is requesting that all items be placed in an easily accessible part of the car, such as the backseat or trunk, to allow a volunteer to safely remove them and bring them to the proper location.

If anyone wishes to exit their car, they must fill out a visitor health screening questionnaire — as per Parks Department requirements — indicating if they have any symptoms of COVID-19 or if they have been in close contact with someone who has contracted the virus in the previous 14 days.

They will also have to provide their name, phone number and email address for contact tracing purposes if it is found that anyone with COVID was present at the event.

For more information about this event, or the electronic recycling event scheduled for the following Sunday, Oct. 3, contact Addabbo’s office at 718-738-1111.

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