Recycling

New Life for Your Old Electronics

If you receive my monthly newsletter, you’ve seen my listings of electronics recycling events throughout New York City. Most of these events are sponsored by the Lower East Side Ecology Center, a longtime promoter of recycling and composting. The Center opened a permanent drop-off site for electronic waste in the Gowanus section of Brooklyn in 2012. A recent New York Times article described the role the Center plays in providing old electronics for television shows and movies that need props to reflect an earlier…

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Get a Fabric Recycling Bin in Your Building

The laundry room of my apartment building is not a place that usually fills me with glee. However, I recently went down there for my weekly laundry routine and was delighted to find a clothing donation bin! It is part of a program called refashionNYC that is a joint venture between the NYC Department of Sanitation and the charity HousingWorks. In addition to clothing, shoes, accessories, and linens, we can deposit fabrics for recycling, even though they might only be reusable…

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Disposing of Your Unwanted Medications

Two pieces of good news to help you dispose of medications that have expired or that you no longer need. First of all, National Prescription Drug Take Back Day is coming up on April 29 all over the U.S. from 10 am to 2 pm. Sponsored by the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA),  National Prescription Drug Take Back Day aims to provide a safe, convenient, and responsible means of disposing of prescription drugs, while also educating the general public about the potential…

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National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day is back!

Once again, the Drug Enforcement Agency is sponsoring National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day. Safely dispose of prescription drugs so that they don’t affect the environment or fall into the hands of children or abusers. National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day is on Saturday, October 22 from 10 am to 2 pm. To find a collection site near you, click here. This is your chance to clear your home of medicines you and your family no longer use, or medicines that are past their expiration…

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Dispose of E-Waste Right at Your Door

Since January 1 of last year, it has been illegal in New York State to dispose of e-waste in your household trash. According to the NYC Department of Sanitation web site, “The electronics covered by this New York State law include computers and their peripherals, televisions, fax machines, VCRs, DVD players, printers/scanners, video game consoles, MP3 players, tablets, and small servers. The law does not include appliances, batteries, or light bulbs.” So what do you do with all of these items…

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