Recycling Resources Around the Corner…

We are lucky to be located in the Union Square area, where local businesses are devoted to recycling.  Below is a list of what each organization accepts and links to their recycling and re-use programs.   Please let us know if you run across more resources, we will add them here.

The newly opened Best Buy headquarters is a great place to bring eWaste.  In the entrance hall, you can bring old gift cards, batteries, phones, and ink cartridges.  At the Customer Service Desk upstairs, you can bring any old electronic equipment – DVD players, CD players, Printers, Fax machines, Laptops, etc.  Families are limited to bringing 2 items per day.

The phone program here does not contribute to the school’s green fund, so if  you have the opportunity to drop phones at GCS, please choose that option first! “Over three billion dry cell batteries are sold each year in the U.S. Because batteries disposed of in municipal landfills and trash incinerators can disperse significant amounts of heavy metals and other toxic substances into the air and water, battery waste prevention and recycling strategies are essential.” (Earth 911)

 

Whole Foods has a comprehensive recycling center in their front lobby.  There, you can drop off the following;

old books, eyeglasses, plastic bags, NYC recycling items (metal, glass, plastic bottles, paper), #5 plastics (such as yogurt cups), and phones.  The phone program here does not contribute to the school’s green fund, so if you have the opportunity to drop phones at GCS, please choose that option first!  #5 Plastics are given to the Gimme 5! group run by Preserve.  You can find out more about how they convert old plastics into new re-useable dinner ware and toothbrushes on their website.

GoodWill has a program with Dell called “RECONNECT.”  eWaste will be accepted form individuals and larger organizations at pre-set locations.  Currently the 23rd Street GoodWill will take items from families.

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