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Queens Botanical Garden Hosts “After the Holidays” E-Waste Event
 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

CONTACT:    
Caroline Kruse – Lower East Side Ecology Center
212-477-4022

caroline@lesecologycenter.org

Darcy Hector- Queens Botanical Garden
718-886-3800 ext. 330

dhector@queensbotanical.org

Flushing, NY-December 18, 2012- Join us for the Annual “After the Holidays” Electronic Waste (e-waste) event, at Queens Botanical Garden, on Sunday, January 13, 2013 from 10am-4pm.   The event will take place in the QBG Parking Garden, located at 42-80 Crommelin Street, and will be held rain or shine.  All residents of Queens are invited to bring unwanted or broken electronics, and we will dispose of them free of charge.  The event is sponsored by the Lower East Side Ecology Center, a leading environmental organization that offers free public compost collection and education, electronic waste collection and environmental education.

According to the E.P.A., electronic waste contributes 70% of the toxins found in landfills, while only making up 1% of the volume.  E-waste contains toxic materials such as lead, cadmium, mercury, phosphors and flame-retardants, which can be hazardous to human health and the environment.  Recycling events such as this one keep these materials out of the waste stream and allow them to be disposed of in an environmentally responsible way.  
Beginning in 2015, these materials will be banned from regular trash by law.  We encourage residents, non-profits and small businesses to take advantage of e-waste programs.  We will accept tangles of broken holiday lights, computers, fax machines, cell phones, televisions, cameras, stereo equipment and more.  For a complete list of accepted materials, visit
http://www.lesecologycenter.org/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=72&Itemid=78#What can I bring?


With the aid of community partners such as Queens Botanical Garden, the Lower East Side Ecology Center attracts large numbers of local residents to e-waste events throughout the year.  In 2012, QBG recycled twice as much as we did in 2011.  Help us to break a new record in 2013 by spreading the word to friends and neighbors!

As a special thanks to recyclers, all participants who attend on January 13 will have a chance to enter a free raffle to win a new 21” iMac and will also receive a “Green Karma” coupon worth anywhere from $5-$500 redeemable at the Tekserve store on 23rd street.
For more information call (212) 477-4022 or emai
l info@lesecologycenter.org. Inquiries may also be directed to (718) 886-3800, ext. 330 or dhector@queensbotanical.org

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