April 17, 2017
By Neal Tepel
New York, NY - Mayor de Blasio has announced the expansion of a successful curbside electronic waste collection program started on Staten Island to other boroughs of the city beginning this fall.
“Since the e-waste pilot on Staten Island was such a success, we’re expanding it to a lot more New Yorkers.” said Mayor de Blasio. “It’s so important to our zero waste goals to recycle everything we can, including electronics – but we also need to make it easier for our residents to do so, and that’s what this program is all about.”
Last April, as part of the FY 2017 Executive Budget and in response to growing concerns from New Yorkers about the lack of convenience of electronics recycling programs, the Department of Sanitation launched a one-year pilot program to collect electronic waste at the curb from residents of Staten Island. That program began in October 2016 and has been overwhelmingly successful. Curbside e-waste collection is a crucial way to ensure that potentially hazardous items are properly disposed or recycled.
“We are proud to have worked with Council Member Matteo to bring the pilot curbside electronic waste collection program to Staten Island, and we are thrilled with the support we received from Staten Island residents. Based on this support, we have worked to make this a permanent program, and to expand the coverage areas to make it available to more and more residents in the months and years to come,” said Sanitation Commissioner Kathryn Garcia.
Electronics often contain valuable materials, like gold and copper, as well as harmful materials, including lead, mercury and cadmium. Recycling electronic waste not only keeps these toxins from polluting the air, soil, and water, it also reduces energy and water use associated with manufacturing new materials. In January 2015, the New York State law banning the disposal of electronic waste took effect, barring the City from collecting these materials as refuse.