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Electronics-recycling program plugs back in again

BY JEFFERSON SIEGEL | Restaurants reopening to full capacity. Sports teams welcoming fans to games again. Times Square filling with tourists.

To the list of events rebounding to normalcy, add an important one: the return of electronics recycling.

Old laptops on their way to be recycled filled a box. (Photo by © Jefferson Siegel)

The weekend collections of unwanted chips and circuitry for recycling, suspended as the rest of the world shut down during the pandemic, has resumed again.

Two men carried this giant flat-screen television to the recycling drop-off. (Photo by © Jefferson Siegel)

And if this past Saturday was any indication, there was a lot of pent-up demand as closetsful of unwanted components were brought to a pop-up collection site on W. 43rd St. near 10th Ave.

Workers sorted through various items that were brought for recycling. (Photo by © Jefferson Siegel)
A worker directs a man to a drop-off spot for his used electronics. (Photo by © Jefferson Siegel)

Christine Datz-Romero, director of the Lower East Side Ecology Center, said 309 families participated in Saturday’s Hell’s Kitchen event that filled a truck with more than 8,000 pounds of used TVs, laptops, stereos and other items that will be repurposed instead of dumped into landfill.

By the halfway point of the collection, countless electronic items were already piled up on W. 43rd St. (Photo by © Jefferson Siegel)

The weekend collections, held at various locations around town by LESEC, will continue in Queens through the end of June, then resume citywide in September.

For more information on upcoming events as well as what can be recycled, check out their FAQ’s.

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