The Broadway Green Alliance Continued to Help Keep Landfills E-Waste Free at our Annual Summer Recycling Drive!
Disposing of the many electronic items in our lives when they are no longer working or we upgrade our equipment continues to be a huge problem. Though it is not yet illegal to throw away e-waste it is always a terrible idea.E-waste is full of toxic materials and heavy metals. Although they are a small portion of the waste stream by volume, computers and electronics constitute the fastest growing component of the municipal waste stream and contribute at least 40% of the toxicity found in landfills. And even when people seek out places to take their e-waste, much of it is sent to other countries where responsible oversight is non-existent and children are often involved in the collection of materials from the waste.
To help with this enormous problem the BGA has been holding twice annual e-waste recycling collection drives for several years. We held our annual summer E-Waste recycling Collection Event on Wednesday, July 17th in Father Duffy Square (46th & Broadway) from 11:00am to 1:00pm.
Once again, we partnered with the e-Steward certified company, WeRecycle!, to responsibly and domestically recycle all of the e-waste that we collected. The E-Steward certification holds recycling companies to the highest standard of environmental responsibility and worker protection and prohibits any export of e-waste (see e-stewards.org for more information).
This year the BGA is also participating in the Broadway Alzheimer’s iPod Drive (July 1st through August 19th) by collecting iPods for the Alzheimer’s Association. Inspired by the documentary Alive Inside, that follows the work of Dan Cohen and Music And Memory, Broadway musician Dave Roth (Evita) is asking for donations of music players to help those who suffer from Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia through the gift of music. Donations of a used iPod, charger, or any Apple listening device will enrich the lives of many that have this terrible disease. Dave Roth will be at the BGA table in Duffy Square on Wednesday collecting for this important cause, or iPods can be dropped off at the AFM Local 802 at 322 West 48th Street.To find out more about this inspiring program please see Musicandmemory.org.
Free screening of “Alive Inside” film (for those in NYC) – Filmmaker Michael Rossato-Bennett has been gracious enough to offer another FREE screening this year for only the Broadway Alzheimer’s iPod Drive. This is a very exclusive offer and we encourage all to attend. It will be shown at 5:00 pm on Wednesday, July 24th at Local 802’s membership room (322 West 48th Street between 8th & 9th Avenues). Please feel free to bring food into the viewing as we know those in the theater industry will be on break. It is truly an inspirational film and has not yet been shown publicly so this is a rare chance to see it.
Cell phones are also accepted and will be donated to Verizon’s HopeLine program, which supports domestic violence prevention and awareness programs. You can find out more about this important programhere: http://aboutus.verizonwireless.com/commitment/community_programs/hopeline/.
The BGA also gave unused electronics a new life by offering any still-working items for re-use by others in return for a $5 to $10 donation.
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