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New York City announces apartment electronics recycling program

By: Jeremy Carroll
WASTE & RECYCLING NEWS

May 9, 2013

NEW YORK — New York City has launched an electronics recycling program for apartments with more than 10 units.

The program, dubbed e-cycleNYC, is a voluntary effort to get apartments to participate in electronics recycling. Partnering with Electronic Recyclers International, city officials said e-cycleNYC will be "the most comprehensive electronics recycling program offered by any municipality in the country."

While many stores have free drop off for computers and some televisions, those living in apartments may have a hard time transporting large electronics to those locations. The city believes the electronics recycling rate in the city falls below state averages because of that reason.

The program would allow for electronic drop-off locations inside of the apartment building, free for residents.

"It's a tremendous honor and privilege for ERI to be partnering with the great City of New York and providing responsible, effective recycling of its electronic waste for the next 15 years," said John Shegerian, president and CEO of ERI in a statement.

ERI is headquartered in Fresno, Calif., and has seven facilities in seven different states, all of which are both R2 and e-Stewards certified.