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The New York City Department of Sanitation (DSNY), Electronic Recyclers International, Inc. (ERI) and proactive manufacturers, announced that the City’s e-cycleNYC has collected and recycled more than 10 million lbs. of electronic waste from city residents.

Now serving over 2.3 million New Yorkers, the program is a public-private partnership between DSNY and ERI. Fully funded by electronics manufacturers, the program is free for NYC taxpayers and participating buildings.

“We are honored to have co-created this constructive collaboration and this historic and successful partnership with the great city of New York and forward thinking manufacturers such as Samsung, VIZIO and LG,” said John Shegerian, chairman and chief executive officer of ERI. “That we have now collected more than 10 million lbs. of electronic waste from residents for responsible, effective recycling is a huge accomplishment. Plus, the program now serves more than 2.3 million New Yorkers – over a quarter of the New York City population.”

Since the average American household owns 28 electronic devices, and 55 percent of households in New York City have no vehicle access to unload their e-waste, there is clearly a need for such a program.

With the program, New York City area buildings with at least 10 units can receive on-site pickup of stored electronics, including TVs, monitors, computers, laptops, small servers, printers/scanners, tablets/e-readers, mobile phones, MP3 players, VCRs/DVRs/DVD players, video game consoles, cable/satellite boxes, fax machines, keyboards, mice and hard drives.

Depending on the size and type of building, a variety of service options are available, including storage bins, room clean-outs and building events. Other disposal options include household special waste drop-off sites, SAFE Disposal events, and NYC’s pilot curbside program in Staten Island. To learn more about electronics recycling in NYC, visit www.nyc.gov/ecycle.

Published in the May 2017 Edition of American Recycler News