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Queens Botanical Garden Hosts Summertime E-Waste Event


Christine Datz-Romero

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



Flushing, NY-July 11, 2013- Join us for our Summertime Electronic Waste (e-waste) event, at Queens Botanical Garden, on Sunday, July 21, 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 training, 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 working and non-working computers, monitors, printers, scanners, keyboards, mice, cables, TVs, VCRs, DVD players, phones, audio/visual equipment, cell phones, PDAs, FAX machines, cameras 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!
For more information call (212) 477-4022 or email info@lesecologycenter.org. Inquiries may also be directed to (718) 886-3800, ext. 330 or

Queens Botanical Garden is an urban oasis where people, plants and cultures are celebrated through inspiring gardens, innovative educational programs and demonstrations of environmental stewardship. Located at 43-50 Main Street in Flushing, Queens Botanical Garden is easily accessible by car, train, or bus. For travel directions and more information visit www.queensbotanical.org or call (718) 886-3800. Queens Botanical Garden is located on property owned by the City of New York, and its operation is made possible in part by public funds provided through the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs.

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