It’s time to tree-cycle and e-cycle. To promote eco-friendly practices — and help New Yorkers avoid a new state law imposing $100 fines on residents who leave electronics on the curb for pickup — the Queens Botanical Garden will host the 12th annual E-Waste Recycling Event on Sunday. Done in partnership with the Lower East Side Ecology Center and sponsored by TekServe, this six-hour event allows participants to drop off unwanted or non-functional computers, printers, cell phones, video games, tablets, and other gadgets in the parking entrance. (Click here for a full list of acceptable items.) Garden employees will make sure that they are disposed of in the proper ecological way. On the same day and in the same spirit, the garden will host arts-and-crafts activities using recycled and repurposed items.
Meanwhile in response to recent holidays, the NYC Parks Department will host MulchFest 2015 all weekend at various spots throughout the five boroughs, including 13 Queens green spaces. Residents can bring trees to these spots to be recycled into mulch that will nourish plantings across the city. In some places, NYC Parks employees will chip the wood and give bags of mulch back to the tree donors. Details for all three events are on the jump page.
E-details: E-Waste Recycling Event, Queens Botanical Garden, 43-50 Main Street, but find parking at garden entrance on Crommelin Street, Flushing, January 11th, 10 am to 4 pm, free. Followed by Recycled & Repurposed Children’s Crafts in the Education Building, 1 pm to 3 pm, free while supplies last.
M-details: MulchFest 2015, January 10th and January 11th, 10 am to 2 pm, free with the following options: Astoria Park, 19th Street and Hoyt Avenue, chipping; Brookville Park, Brookville Boulevard/Caney Road/144th Avenue, chipping; Cunningham Park, visitor parking lot and 196th Street, chipping; Forest Park, Forest Park Drive and Woodhaven Boulevard, chipping; GreenThumb and Land Restoration Project Compound, Queens Plaza South and 10th Street, drop-off only; Juniper Valley Park, 80th Street between Juniper Boulevard North and Juniper Boulevard South, chipping; Kissena Park, 164th Street at Underhill Avenue, drop-off only; Oakland Playground (P.S. 203), Springfield Boulevard and 56th Avenue, chipping; Rockaway Beach, Shore Front Parkway and Beach 94th Street, drop-off only; Rockaway Beach, parking lot at Beach 11th Street, drop-off; Rockaway Beach Neponsit Nursing Home parking lot, Rockaway Beach Boulevard just west of 149th Street, drop-off; Roy Wilkins Park, park entrance at Merrick and Foch boulevards, drop-off; and Travers Park, 78th Street and 34th Avenue, chipping.
Photo: NYC Parks Department