Sanitation Commissioner John J. Doherty last week launched “e-cycleNYC,” a new electronics re-cycling program for multiple-family buildings in New York City. The program is being funded by several major electronics manufacturers.
The department is recruiting buildings with more than 10 units to enroll in the program. It allows residents to easily dispose of their old computers, televisions, air conditioners, and other electronic devices.
New York has the lowest electronics recycling rate in the state, most likely because of the logistical problems and costs of transporting the e-waste. Under e-cycleNYC, enrolled buildings can opt for on-site collection bins, room clean outs or whole building events when the items will be transported from the building by experts.
“Recycling electronic equipment keeps harmful materials out of NYC’s waste stream and the environment,ˮ said Commissioner Doherty.
“While safe to use, electronics often contain lead, mercury, and other hazardous materials and in fact make up the largest and fastest growing component of the hazardous materials entering our waste stream.”
By launching the new electronics recycling program now, the NY Department of Sanitation hopes to have most buildings enrolled before a ban on disposing of electronics in the residential trash takes effect in 2015.
According to nyc.gov, “The goal of e-cycleNYC is to make electronics recycling as easy as possible for NYC residents, many of whom live in apartment buildings and can’t readily transport TVs and other large electronics to drop-off events or retail take-back programs.”
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