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 era. Old computers, monitors, rotary phones, copiers, cameras, televisions, record players, typewriters  — these unwanted items are brought to the Center for recycling and end up finding new life on the screen. An item you bring to an e-waste event may end up making an appearance on your favorite TV show!

The Center also has a ReUse store featuring a diverse selection of inexpensive and hard-to-find electronics. This fun video which appeared on local station NY1 shows just what kind of stuff the electronics warehouse holds.

Later this month, the Center will be holding its annual Vintage Electronics Flash Sale at its E-Waste Warehouse, located at 469 President Street in Brooklyn. The sale takes place on Thursday, March 28 and Friday, March 29 from 10AM – 5PM, and Saturday, March 30, 10AM – 4PM.

You can learn more at the Lower East Side Ecology Center at

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