Photo: State Sen. Joe Addabbo, Jr. (l.) lends a helping hand last October at the bi-annual Recycling Day event in Forest Park. Courtesy of Sen. Addabbo’s Office
State Sen. Joe Addabbo, Jr. (D-Howard Beach) and Assemblyman Mike Miller (D-Woodhaven) announced this week that that their April community recycling event in Forest Park hauled in more than 30,000 pounds of paper and electronic waste from area residents, and filled two Salvation Army trucks with reusable household items.
In addition to the 24,673 pounds of e-waste that were collected, and the roughly 7,300 pounds of paper that were shredded, two Salvation Army box trucks were filled to capacity with reusable household items.
Addabbo and Miller thanked their constituents for participating, and expressed gratitude to TD Bank, Data-Struction, E-Green Management/PK Metals, and the Salvation Army for their assistance with the event. The volunteer efforts of area Boy Scouts and the Maspeth High School Green Club were also noted by the state lawmakers.
“Since Mike and I began organizing these free recycling events five years ago, we have helped our constituents remove a grand total of 262,500 pounds of paper and electronics alone from our waste stream,” said Addabbo, a member of the Senate Environmental Conservation Committee. “That translates into more than 131 tons of waste that hasn’t been dumped in landfills, and still doesn’t include the many more tons of clothing, books, eyeglasses, curtains and other housewares that we have been able to recycle or donate to the Salvation Army and other charitable organizations.”
Addabbo and Miller have been organizing the biannual community recycling events since 2010, enabling area residents and business owners to dispose of unwanted clothing, electronics, glassware, books, eyeglasses and a variety of other household goods in an environmentally responsible manner.
The next free recycling event is scheduled for September.
By Forum Staff