Assembly Member Daniel Rosenthal, Council Member Rory Lancman, and the Lower East Side Ecology Center touted the success of yesterday’s electronic waste recycling event at Young Israel of Kew Gardens Hills, where Queens residents recycled more than 23,000 pounds of old electronics, including computers, printers, monitors, and more.
The second annual E-Waste Recycling event was organized in response to a 2015 New York State law, which prohibits electronic waste from being included with normal curbside collection. City residents are currently required to transport old electronics to borough-based recycling facilities. Last year, the City announced the expansion of the curbside E-Waste collection pilot program, but it has not yet expanded into Queens.
“Since the effective ban on curbside disposal for electronic items, we have worked to alleviate the burden this law puts on our constituents, particularly our senior and disabled population,” said Assembly Member Daniel Rosenthal. “I am proud to partner with Council Member Lancman and the Lower East Side Ecology Center to responsibly match our environmental goals with convenient recycling measures.”
“The E-waste recycling event was a win-win for our community that will help protect our environment and ensure we are in compliance with State law,” said Council Member Rory I. Lancman. “It was great to see so many people take advantage of this opportunity to responsibly get rid of their old electronics. I thank Assembly Member Rosenthal and the Lower East Side Ecology Center for partnering with me on this event.”
“We filled two trucks with unwanted electronics this Sunday, which demonstrates the need for community based events,” said Christine Datz-Romero, Executive Director of the Lower East Side Ecology Center. “We would like to thank the Young Israel of Kew Gardens Hills as well as Assembly Member Rosenthal and City Council Member Lancman for co-hosting and hope to offer the same opportunity again this fall in the community.”