The New York City Department of Sanitation (DSNY) has announced plans to expand its curbside electronics collection program into the Bronx and eastern Queens. Through the expansion, residents in these boroughs can make an appointment for curbside collection of unwanted electronics items covered under the New York State electronics disposal ban.
The curbside pickup program, launched by DSNY and ERI, headquartered in Fresno, California, serves about 2.5 million New York residents and has gathered more than 1,700 tons of e-scrap. All electronic waste collected by the program is responsibly recycled by ERI, using its fully certified, environmentally responsible and guaranteed data-destruction processes.
According to a news release from DSNY, the announcement continues the expansion of the program, which is now available in all neighborhoods in the Bronx, Brooklyn, Queens and Staten Island and is just one of many options available to city residents. The latest communities to be added to the expansion include all community boards in the Bronx, and Queens Community Boards 7,8,10,11,12,13 and 14. The curbside electronics collection program is available to residents of 1-9 unit buildings within the designated boroughs. Residents living in buildings with 10 or more units can enroll in ecycleNYC, a free, in-building e-waste collection program also developed by DSNY and ERI for large buildings.
“We are excited to be able to continue to expand our curbside collection of certain e-waste and make it available to all communities in the Bronx, Brooklyn, Queens and Staten Island,” says DSNY Sanitation Commissioner Kathryn Garcia. “Electronics often contain harmful materials, including lead, mercury and cadmium. We want to keep these toxins from polluting the air, soil and water. Our curbside collection program, along with our ecycleNYC initiative, drop-off locations and special events, give residents across the city a number of options when looking to dispose of their e-waste.”