In New York City, companies are working hard to rid landfills of waste produced by people's removal of electrical appliances in their households. Every year since 2007, Tekserve and the Lower East Side Ecology Center (LESEC) have collaborated in collecting over 125 tons of electronics to be recycled. Items range from old computers to cell phones and anything in between.
Next Saturday, October 9, is the next date for New Yorkers to have such an opportunity as Tekserve will be hosting this year's recycling event at 119 W 23rd Street, from 10:00 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Although many people have heard the old adage "reduce, reuse, recycle" for many years, it's even more important to actually perform these tasks. Many environmental hazards are caused by electronics being dumped in landfills or burned in incinerators.
Forty percent of all lead in landfills comes from electronics with rain helping spread this toxic element into the local water supply. While landfills do have liners to prevent this from happening often times these liners burst and the toxins continue spreading. And even though incinerators prevent water from spreading the toxins, not all the heavy metals are contained, and burning plastic releases toxic gases into the air.
Despite the fact that New York City does not currently offer a program for recycling electronics, a new law that will go into effect next April will require electronics manufacturers to offer take-back programs. Until that law goes into effect, however, Tekserve and The Lower East Side Ecology Center (LESEC) will continue to lead the way to a cleaner New York.
A "resident" of New York for over 20 years, Tekserve is the city's largest independent Apple store and service center. The LESEC has been active for over 13 years, advocating for environmental initiatives and educating the public on environmental issues. More information can be found at www.lesecologycenter.org.
The complete list of accepted items can be found at www.tekserve.com/recycling. Recyclers can enter themselves into the drawing for either a MacBook Pro or an iMac, and every recycler can receive a $25 coupon toward a Mac or iPod at Tekserve.
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