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Tekserve has been making big dents in the amount of electronics collected for recycling in New York City. The company partners up with the Lower East Side Ecology Center (LESEC) and offers free-of-charge recycling drives for the general public. Since starting it up in 2007, the collections have grown exponentially, showing the interest residents have in ensuring their gadgets are properly recycled. They offer a great alternative for consumers to do the right thing, while the city and the consumer electronics industry duke it out for who needs to take more responsibility in keeping gadgets out of landfills. There's another event coming up on April 10th, and Tekserve is hoping to make it the biggest one yet, offering prizes for people who bring in their junk. Check out a video showing how impactful Tekserve's events have been in the past. Last year's event saw over 1,000 people bring in nearly 25 tons of recyclable material. While we're excited that all that was kept out of landfill, it's also an alarming reminder about how much waste we generate.
Tekserve notes, "Sponsored collection events like these are one of the easiest ways for New Yorkers to properly dispose of their old electronic gear and gadgets, which contain hazardous materials such as lead, cadmium, and mercury. These
events keep such materials out of landfills and are especially important since NYC currently offers no eWaste drop-off program of its own."
The next Tekserve/LESEC-sponsored eWaste recycling drive will be held on Saturday, April 10th, 2010 from 10am to 4pm. The collection point will be at 119 West 23rd Street, just off of Sixth Avenue, in front of Tekserve's retail store. If you're in the area and have something to drop off, be sure to check out their list of the items you can bring in, and the prizes you can win, including a new Apple MacBook.
It's great incentive like these prizes that will help Tekserve reach a new record for their event!