Broadway Green Alliance Electronic Waste Drive at Times Square
Type: Other, Outdoors
Event Location: Duffy Square, 46th Street & Broadway
The Broadway Green Alliance Continues to Help Keep Landfills E-Waste Free: Annual summer recycling drive to be held next week!
Disposing of the many electronic items in our lives when they are no longer working or we upgrade our equipment continues to be a huge problem. Though it is not yet illegal to throw away e-waste it is always a terrible idea.E-waste is full of toxic materials and heavy metals. Although they are a small portion of the waste stream by volume, computers and electronics constitute the fastest growing component of the municipal waste stream and contribute at least 40% of the toxicity found in landfills. And even when people seek out places to take their e-waste, much of it is sent to other countries where responsible oversight is non-existent and children are often involved in the collection of materials from the waste.
To help with this enormous problem the BGA has been holding twice annual e-waste recycling collection drives for several years. We are thrilled to announce that our annual summer E-Waste recycling Collection Event will take place this year next Wednesday, July 17th in Father Duffy Square (46th & Broadway) from 11:00am to 1:00pm.
We will once again be partnering with the e-Steward certified company, WeRecycle!, to responsibly and domestically recycleall of the e-waste that we collect. The E-Steward certification holds recycling companies to the highest standard of environmental responsibility and worker protection and prohibits any export of e-waste (see e-stewards.org for more information).
For next week’s collection We Recycle! will be charging a fee to dispose of some electronics. Since the BGA is able to subsidize most of the costs we will only be charging $10 for printers and flat screen TVs and monitors, and $20 for computer monitors and TVs using CRTs (cathode ray tubes are found inside the deep, older TVs and computer monitors).
Unfortunately, the BGA is unable to accept light bulbs, VHS tapes, air conditioners or household appliances. The BGA also cannot accept batteries, but we will direct people to a separate battery collection to keep ensuring e-waste is kept out of landfills.
This year the BGA is also again participating in the Broadway Alzheimer’s iPod Drive (July 1st through August 19th) by collecting iPods for the Alzheimer’s Association. Inspired by the documentaryAlive Inside, that follows the work of Dan Cohen and Music And Memory, Broadway musician Dave Roth (Evita) is asking for donations of music players to help those who suffer from Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia through the gift of music. Donations of a used iPod, charger, or any Apple listening device will enrich the lives of many that have this terrible disease. Dave Roth will be at the BGA table in Duffy Square on Wednesday collecting for this important cause, or iPods can be dropped off at the AFM Local 802 at 322 West 48th Street.To find out more about this inspiring program please see Musicandmemory.org.
Cell phones are also accepted and will be donated to Verizon’s HopeLine program, which supports domestic violence prevention and awareness programs. You can find out more about this important programhere: http://aboutus.verizonwireless.com/commitment/community_programs/hopeline/.
The BGA is also giving unused electronics a new life by offering any still-working items for re-use by others in return for a $5 to $10 donation. For this reason, we ask that all information is wiped from all devices before they are dropped off. We Recycle! recommends two free downloadable programs to clear your devices: Darik’s Boot and Nuke (www.dban.org) and Kill Disk (killdisk.com). So please bring any still-working items that are looking for another home.
If you have any specific questions or would like to volunteer to help us at this event (volunteers get a free BGA t-shirt made of recycled plastic yarns) please email email@example.com.