Downtown Alliance's MulchFest & E-Waste Recycling Event
After the holiday season is over, the Downtown Alliance is there to help you discard your unwanted holiday trees and electronic waste.
The Downtown Alliance will host an annual MulchFest and Electronic Waste Recycling Event at the south end of Bowling Green Park on Saturday, January 12th. MulchFest will run from 10 AM to 2 PM, and E-Waste from 10 AM to 4 PM, and will take place rain or shine.
Lower Manhattan residents can drop off holiday trees to be turned into environmentally friendly mulch (and will be able to take home mulch to use in flower pots and gardens). And, complimentary beverages will be served.
Additionally, you can drop off your tree at nearby locations, and a Downtown Alliance van will stop at the spots throughout the day . Residents cannot board the van. The locations are:
• The corner of Wall and William Streets
• The corner of John and Gold Streets
• Pearl Street between Fulton Street and Beekman Street
• West Thames Street between Battery Place and South End Avenue
• The corner of South End Avenue and Albany Street
• North End Avenue between Murray Street and Warren Street.
“We’re committed to our Going Green initiative and delighted to offer an environmentally friendly way for Lower Manhattan residents to recycle their holiday trees and wreaths and discard their used and outdated electronic goods,” said Downtown Alliance President Elizabeth H. Berger. “And, our special Downtown Connection route makes getting to Bowling Green so much easier on a cold winter day.”
As part of its 10th annual 'After the Holidays' series, the Lower East Side Ecology Center will hold an Electronic Waste Recycling Event at Bowling Green (near the Beaver Street and Broadway intersection) from 10 AM to 4 PM.
People can drop off unwanted and broken electronics for responsible reuse and recycling. The following items will be accepted: computers, monitors, printers, scanners, keyboards, mice, cables, TVs, VCRs, DVD players, phones, audio/visual equipment, video games and gaming consoles, and cell phones. Please note that microwaves, air conditioners, or large household appliances cannot be accepted.
Recycling is free for all residents, small businesses (less than 50 employees), and non-profit organizations.
"This is the nine-year anniversary of our electronic waste recycling program and it is the perfect time of year to clear out your old gear while you're enjoying your holiday presents. It is especially exciting that as our program becomes more and more popular, we are able to keep more and more e-waste out of landfills and have it recycled responsibly. We take great care to select recyclers that are able to handle e-waste safely and ensure data security because we understand the hesitations that some people have about getting rid of their computer and other electronic equipment,” said Caroline Kruse, Development Director at the Ecology Center.
For more details or for questions about items that can be accepted, visit www.lesecologycenter.org or call (212) 477-4022.
The day’s events are co-sponsored by Con Edison, the New York City Departments of Sanitation and Parks & Recreation, Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer, New York City Council Member Margaret Chin, Community Board 1, the FiDi Association, Lower East Side Ecology Center, Tekserve, and Whole Foods.