Chuck Your Old Electronics at E-Waste Event

By Aidan Gardiner on December 20, 2012 5:13pm 

 A worker lifts a television to the top of a pile at a 2008 electronic waste recycling event held by the Lower East Side Ecology Center in Union Square Park.
A worker lifts a television to the top of a pile at a 2008 electronic waste recycling event held by the Lower East Side Ecology Center in Union Square Park.
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AP Photo/Tina Fineberg

NEW YORK CITY — Anticipating a new iPhone 5? Too tangled up in useless cables? Or just trying to spend 2013 off the grid?

Starting Jan. 5, the Lower East Side Ecology Center is partnering with organizations around the city such as Tekserve and the Queens Botanical Garden to host a series of e-waste drop-off events so New Yorkers can safely chuck all their unwanted electronics.

"Make room for your new gadgets and recycle what you're no longer using," the group said on its website.

A list of their planned e-waste events, one in each borough, is posted on the organization's website.

While most electronics will be accepted, larger things like microwaves and air conditioners will not.

January's e-waste events will mark the 10th anniversary the Ecology Center has run such New Year's drop-offs.

"Electronic waste is really a growing problem," Executive Director Christina Datz–Romero told DNAinfo in 2010. "Technology advances so quickly these days. Things can get outdated in two to three years and people see a need to upgrade and dispose of the old equipment."
 

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