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The Queens Botanical Garden is thinking globally and acting locally. This Sunday, all are invited to drop off unwanted or broken electronics at the Flushing nonprofit, which will dispose of them for free. The 11th Annual After The Holidays E-Waste Event, sponsored by the Lower East Side Ecology Center and TekServe, gets its impetus from the fact that e-waste is responsible for about 70 percent of the toxins in U.S. landfills, according to the Environmental Protection Agency, while consisting of only about 1 percent of the volume in those landfills. Furthermore, e-waste often contains poisons such as lead, cadmium, mercury and flame-retardants. The EPA also claims that recycling e-waste reduces pollution, separates hazardous chemicals from water streams and the atmosphere. In fact, beginning in 2015, e-waste will be banned from regular trash by law. Among the items that QBG will accept are tangles of broken holiday lights, computers, faxes, cell phones, televisions, stereo equipment, printers, TVs, VCRs, DVDs and cameras. (Click here for a complete list.) And as an extra enticement, QBG will host children’s crafts workshops using recycled and repurposed items from 1 pm to 3 pm.
Details: After The Holidays E-Waste Event, QBG Parking Garden, 42-80 Crommelin Street, Flushing, January 12th, 10 am to 4 pm, Rain or Shine, Free.
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Electronic waste is responsible for about 70 percent of the toxins in U.S. landfills, according to the Environmental Protection Agency, while consisting of roughly 1 percent of the material volume. Furthermore, e-waste often contains serious poisons such as lead and mercury. The EPA also claims that recycling e-waste reduces pollution, separates hazardous chemicals from air and water and conserves energy and water. On January 13, the Queens Botanical Garden invites the general public to drop off e-waste, such as monitors, printers, faxes, network devices, Tablets, phones, chargers, TVs, VCRs, DVDs and cameras. Participants will be able to enter a free raffle to win a new 21-inch iMac and will receive a “Green Karma” coupon worth anywhere from $5-$500 discounts at Tekserve. One caveat: QBG cannot accept home appliances such as microwaves, refrigerators or air conditioners.
Queens Botanical Garden Parking Lot
42-80 Crommelin St., Flushing