2012-07-18 / Features

Have Fun, Recycle And Learn

BY GEORGINA YOUNG-ELLIS


E-Waste Recycling Day allows people to get rid of their broken and out-of-date computers, cellphones and other electronics. The Western Queens Green Resources Fair will be held on July 21 at the Broadway branch of the Queens Library. E-Waste Recycling Day allows people to get rid of their broken and out-of-date computers, cellphones and other electronics. The Western Queens Green Resources Fair will be held on July 21 at the Broadway branch of the Queens Library. What’s the best way to dispose of outof date computers, broken cellphones or that old video cassette player that’s been gathering dust for 20 years? Bring them all to the Queens Library, at 40-20 Broadway in Long Island City on July 21, between 1 to 5 p.m. for the E-Waste Recycling Day event and while there, enjoy what the free Western Queens Green Resources Fair has to offer. The recycling drop off will serve as a place for people to responsibly recycle their electronic waste and keep it out of the landfill, while the Green Resources Fair will provide a fun way for the public to learn about the different green organizations and resources that exist in Western Queens. According to Lynne Serpe, organizer of the fair and Project Consultant for the Greening Libraries Initiative, e-waste is essentially broken or unwanted electronic equipment such as computers, cellphones, monitors, laptops etc.

She stressed that though the e-waste can be conveniently dropped off outside the library where the signs indicate, you should also take the time to go downstairs to the library community room where the fair will be taking place. Serpe remarked, “You will learn how to live greener, save money, and save the environment. There will be games, gardening, eco-crafts, giveaways and more. It will be fun and educational for the whole family!”

She went on to comment, “Libraries are the ultimate in reuse. What better place to learn more about living greener than your local Queens Library?”

The groups that will be participating in the fair include Asian Americans for Equality, Build It Green! NYC, Center for Urban Pedagogy, Earth Day NY, GreenShores NYC, GrowNYC Office of Recycling, Horticultural Society of New York, Partnership for Parks, Queens Botanical Gardens, Queens Harvest Food Co-op, Queens Smoke-Free Partnership, Public Services Commission, Recycle-ABicycle, Transportation Alternatives Queens Committee, Trees NY and Western Queens Compost Initiative.

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