NEW YORK--(BUSINESS WIRE)--In a press conference held last week by the New York City Department of Sanitation (DSNY), it was announced that the curbside e-waste pickups that are part of the City’s groundbreaking ecycleNYC (www.nyc.gov/ecycle) program in Staten Island, have now expanded to North Brooklyn. Sanitation Commissioner Kathryn Garcia, Council Member Antonio Reynoso and Minority Leader Steven Matteo were on hand at the presentation to announce the launch of the e-waste curbside collection pilot program for North Brooklyn residents.
It was announced that the curbside pickups, launched as a pilot effort by DSNY and ERI last year in Staten Island, have been so successful, that the concept is being tried in North Brooklyn with other parts of the city to follow over the next three years.
All collected e-waste will be responsibly recycled by ERI, whose Director of OEM, Sustainability and Legislative Affairs David Hirschler also spoke at the event, noting that the curbside pickup expansion into Brooklyn is part of the effort to continue growing ERI’s award winning partnership with the City of New York.
“We are honored to be part of this constructive collaboration and this historic and successful partnership with Brooklyn and the great city of New York,” said John Shegerian, Executive Chairman of ERI. “The curbside pickup program is yet another advancement and added convenience to a residential program that already regularly provides responsible, effective recycling for millions of New Yorkers’ electronic waste. After the success of the curbside pickups on Staten Island, it’s exciting to see the program expand into other boroughs. It’s great to be able to help so many in our city do the right thing and collect and responsibly recycle their e-waste – the fastest growing waste stream in the world today – and keep toxic electronics out of New York landfills!”
North Brooklynites can go to nyc.gov/electronics and make an online reservation for the collection of up to 20 e-waste items covered under the state law. Residents may also call 311 for a reservation. Residents must place all items at the curb the evening before their confirmed collection day. While certified specialists will erase computer hard drives after collection, it is highly recommended residents remove all private information from electronic items before pickup. Collections officially began October 1st.
Residents looking to get rid of e-waste can also consider bringing their items to a DSNY Special Waste Drop Off location, visit a SAFE Disposal event, or buildings with 10 or more apartments can sign up for free collection with ecycleNYC.
Information on these and other options can be found at nyc.gov/electronics.
About the New York City Department of Sanitation
The Department of Sanitation (DSNY) promotes a healthy environment through the efficient management of solid waste and the development of environmentally sound long-range planning for handling refuse, including recyclables. The Department operates 59 district garages and manages a fleet of more than 2,000 rear-loading collection trucks, 450 mechanical brooms and 500 salt/sand spreaders. The Department clears litter, snow and ice from approximately 6,500 miles of City streets and removes debris from vacant lots as well as abandoned vehicles from City streets.
ERI, the nation’s leading recycler of electronic waste and the world's largest ITAD and cybersecurity-focused hardware destruction company, is certified to de-manufacture and recycle every type of electronic waste in an environmentally responsible manner. ERI processes more than 275 million pounds of electronic waste annually at eight locations, serving every zip code in the United States. For more information about e-waste recycling and ERI, call 1-800-ERI-DIRECT or visit https://eridirect.com.