PHOTO: Spring Recycling Event participants in more than 1,000 cars dropped off more than 3 tons of paper and nearly 20 tons of unwanted electronics at Forest Park. Courtesy of Sen. Addabbo’s Office
By Forum Staff
The annual Spring Recycling Event in Forest Park on Sunday, two days after Earth Day, was the busiest in its seven-year history, netting nearly 20 tons of unwanted electronics, more than 3 tons of paper, and two trucks full of household items for donation, according to hosts State Sen. Joe Addabbo, Jr. (D-Howard Beach) and Assemblyman Mike Miller (D-Woodhaven).
Thousands of borough residents stopped by the Bandshell parking lot from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. to safely and properly dispose of televisions, computers, clothing, books, printers, dishes, and other items not fit to be thrown out with garbage.
“This recycling event has grown significantly in popularity over the last few years, showing our community’s renewed commitment to protecting our environment,” said Addabbo, a member of the Senate Environmental Conservation Committee. “This weekend’s event brought in our largest volume to date, helping to prevent several tons of potentially harmful items from ending up in landfills and being harmful to the earth’s soil. I am proud to represent a community that is conscious of the needs of our environment and knows the importance of safely discarding unwanted items. I thank all our recycling vendors as well as Assemblyman Miller, the 102nd Precinct and the Department of Parks and Recreation for their cooperation on our most successful recycling fair yet. I also extend a special thanks to Boy Scout Troop 139 of Howard Beach for volunteering to help out with [Sunday’s] event.”
The legislators indicated that they are organizing another recycling event tentatively scheduled for Sunday, Sept. 25, at which electronics, paper, and household items will all be collected.
“This spring’s recycling event was possibly the most successful one yet,” Miller added. “I have seen strong participation for these recycling events and I was happy to see the volume of recycled goods this Sunday. This event sends a message to our community that we have ways to dispose of old household items efficiently. I want to thank all of those who participated and look forward to co-sponsoring the next recycling event in the fall.”