KEW GARDENS HILLS – Assembly Member Daniel Rosenthal, Council Member Rory Lancman, and the Lower East Side Ecology Center (LESEC) hosted an electronic waste recycling event at Young Israel of Kew Gardens Hills earlier this week. Hundreds of Queens residents dropped off over 10,000 pounds of old electronics, including computers, televisions, printers, keyboards, and more, to be recycled.
The 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. In recent years, the City announced the expansion of the curbside E-Waste collection pilot program, but it has yet to reach Eastern 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. “While Sanitation’s curbside pickup program has yet to serve Eastern Queens residents, 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.”
“The success of these events demonstrates the importance of offering community events as a convenient way to dispose of unwanted electronics in a responsible way,” said Christine Datz-Romero, Executive Director of LESEC. “On Sunday, April 14 the Ecology Center collected many vintage items in the collection drive, which will be placed into our prop library for rental to production companies. The Ecology Center has curated a prop library with over 2,000 items, ensuring a second life for unwanted electronics.”
This is the third annual E-Waste event the two offices and Lower East Side Ecology Center have hosted in Kew Gardens Hills.