Photo Courtesy of Sen. Addabbo’s Office
Addabbo thanked borough Boy Scouts for their help during the Spring Recycling Fair.
By Forum Staff
The numbers are in, and it seems that State Sen. Joe Addabbo, Jr. (D-Howard Beach) and Assemblyman Mike Miller (D-Woodhaven) have once again organized a highly successful Spring Recycling Fair.
According to Addabbo, nearly 500 vehicles rolled through the Forest Park Bandshell parking lot on April 30 to drop off unwanted items, including electronics and household goods, tattered American flags, as well as documents to be securely shredded on site and properly recycled later. Residents came from all over the borough to safely dispose of televisions, computers, printers, clothing, books, dishes and other items that cannot be thrown out in the trash, the senator said.
This year’s event contributed nearly 10 tons of electronics, more than two tons of paper, and two trucks full of household items for donation. Since 2009, the fair has collected more than 153 tons of electronics to be recycled and 44 tons of shredded paper.
“This event is a good reminder to residents of the community’s renewed commitment of protecting our environment,” said Addabbo, a member of the Senate Environmental Conservation Committee. “It helps prevent several tons of potentially harmful items from ending up in landfills and harming the environment. I am proud to represent a community that is so conscious of the needs of our environment and the importance of properly discarding of unwanted refuse. I thank all our recycling vendors, the Lower East Side Ecology Center, Data-Struction Paper Shredding, and the Salvation Army, as well as Assemblyman Miller, the 102nd Precinct and the Department of Parks and Recreation for their cooperation. I also extend a special thanks to the Boy Scouts, the Glendale Kiwanis, GCOP, and CERT, for volunteering to help out with the event.”
Miller added, “It was great to see residents come out to get rid of their junk. Every time we hold this event at the Forest Park Bandshell, I am reminded of just how much this event helps individuals get rid of household items that otherwise may not be taken by conventional means. This event essentially is their way of recycling what they normally can’t.”
Another recycling event has been scheduled for Sept. 9 at St. Camillus Catholic Academy, located at 185 Beach 99th St. in Rockaway Park. Addabbo and Miller have also tentatively scheduled their next Fall Recycling Fair for Sunday, Sept. 24, at Forest Park, where they will once again collect electronics, paper and household items.