In a dynamic world of technology that changes by the minute, more and more obsolete electronic items are being disposed. To prevent this electronic waste from harming our environment, Hempstead Town Supervisor Kate Murray and the Department of Sanitation are reminding neighbors of a variety of options to safely dispose of their “E-Waste.”
As of January 1, 2015, a New York State law prohibits the disposal of electronic waste with everyday trash. But, through Hempstead Town’s ongoing E-Cycling program, there are many convenient ways for residents to dispose of their electronics the safe and environmentally sound way.
“If you have old electronic devices that you want to dispose of, I encourage you to take part in one of our many e-cycling initiatives aimed at preventing these items from entering our waste stream and harming the environment,” Murray said. “While state law now prohibits the improper disposal of e-waste, we’ve maintained a longtime partnership with neighbors who have participated in our E-Cycle program and hope that more people will join this ongoing effort.”
Hempstead Town hosts E-Cycle collection events, beginning on Saturday, March 14th at Town Park Point Lookout, where residents can dispose of old electronic equipment, including: computers, computer components, monitors, televisions, printers, VCRs, DVD players, portable digital music players, cable or satellite receivers, electronic or video game consoles, fax machines, document scanners. Also at E-Cycle events only, in partnership with Covanta Energy, residents can safely dispose of unused and expired medications, whether they were prescribed by a medical professional, purchased over-the counter or any other medicinal product. What’s more, residents can bring paper records to E-Cycle events for shredding as they wait and watch.
For those who cannot make these events, or need to quickly dispose of E-Cycle items, residents served by the Hempstead Town Department of Sanitation can call (516) 378-8484 for a special pickup. What’s more, neighbors can dispose of electronic items at the Homeowner’s Disposal Area located at 1600 Merrick Road in Merrick (Monday through Sunday between 8AM and 3PM). If neighbors prefer, they can also contact the manufacturer of their electronic products for disposal information. A list of manufacturers can be obtained at www.dec.ny.gov/chemical/82084.html.
All of these services are provided at no additional cost, to Hempstead Town residents only. Residents living in villages or in areas served by special sanitary districts must call their sanitation departments for information on e-cycling. No businesses or commercial vehicles are permitted. For more information about E-Cycle, contact Hempstead Town’s Department of Sanitation at (516) 378-4210, or visit www.toh.li.
“Hempstead Town’s E-Cycle program offers residents many helpful options to safely remove of many of our unwanted and potentially harmful items,” Murray said. “Protecting our environment is a team effort and I encourage residents to join us and their fellow neighbors in our e-cycling efforts."
Upcoming E-Cycle Events (8AM to 2PM)
Saturday, March 14– Town Parking Field L2 (Division Avenue, off Hempstead Turnpike in Levittown).
Sunday, May 3– Town Park Point Lookout Parking Field (Lido Blvd., Point Lookout).
Sunday, August 2– Town Parking Field L2 (Division Avenue, off Hempstead Turnpike in Levittown).
Saturday, October 3– Town Park Point Lookout Parking Field (Lido Blvd., Point Lookout).
- The Town’s E-Cycling program is open to Town of Hempstead residents only (No businesses, non-commercial vehicles only). Call the Sanitation Department at (516) 378-4210, Option 6 for further details.