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E-waste Recycling (LESEC)

Upper Green Side has helped organize several E-Waste Recycling Events on the Upper East Side over the last few years with partners such as the Lower East Side Ecology Center, Council on the Environment and Gracie Point Community Council. We organize these events to prevent toxic chemicals (e.g. Lead, Mercury, cadmium) from E-waste making it into our eco-system and to recycle materials like plastic and valuable metals like Copper.

In the United States, an estimated 70% of heavy metals in landfills comes from discarded electronics, while electronic waste represents only 2% of America’s trash in landfills. Electronic waste, e-waste, e-scrap, or Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE) describes loosely discarded, surplus, obsolete, broken, electrical or electronic devices. Rapid technology change, low initial cost, and with planned obsolescence have resulted in a fast-growing surplus of electronic waste around the globe.

New York City legislation will eventually require manufacturers to offer E-waste take-back programs, but currently these laws have not taken effect pending the outcome of manufacturer lawsuits.

Our E-Waste events continue to educate the public about the importance of E-waste recycling and keep the pressure on manufacturers to produce products that are less toxic and easier to recycle components.

We use WeRecycle as our preferred E-Waste vendor because they have a well developed process for recovering valuable materials and removing harmful materials from E-Waste. They do not export any E-Waste to the developing world.

NEW! We’re having our next E-Recycling day tomorrow, November 22nd! Come to the 92nd Street Greenmarket from 8am to 3pm with all your e-junk to recycle! Click here for more details.

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