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2/1/12 - Grant helps start an e-waste depot in Gowanus, Brooklyn

Recent Trust support helped the Lower East Side Ecology Center start an e-waste depot in Gowanus, Brooklyn. It started accepting electronics on January 31, 2012.

Mireya Navarro reports for the New York Times.

An E-Waste Depot for Brooklyn

The Lower East Side Ecology Center in Manhattan, a longtime promoter of recycling and composting, is expanding operations by opening a new, permanent drop-off site for electronic waste in Brooklyn.

The site, a warehouse at 469 President Street (at Nevins Street) in the Gowanus section, is scheduled to start accepting electronics from households, nonprofit organizations and small businesses on Tuesday. (A list of acceptable materials is here.) The warehouse can accommodate 260,000 pounds of unwanted electronics.

The Ecology Center, an educational organization, has organized e-waste collection events citywide since 2003, but it has more ambitious plans for the new site. Christine Datz-Romero, the nonprofit group’s executive director, said by e-mail that the drop-off site would also refurbish and test equipment and create a retail outlet where wireless cards, keyboards and other discarded parts in working condition can be resold at affordable prices.

The reuse program “will generate jobs and job training opportunities right here in the city,” she said.






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