- One million New York City residents — or one-eighth of the city's population — now live in buildings with electronics recycling, according to a recent announcement by the NYC Department of Sanitation and Electronic Recyclers International
- 2,500 buildings have enrolled in the electronics recycling program, called e-cycleNYC, with 100 new buildings enrolling each week. With such a large interest, the city expects to collect 1.5 million pounds of e-waste this year.
- Since the program started in November 2013, NYC officials have collected more than 860,000 pounds of computers, cellphones, and other electronics.
Due to a New York state law that took effect in January, NYC residents are no longer allowed to simply dispose of their electronic waste into the solid waste stream due to environmental reasons. The e-cycleNYC program allows apartment buildings to sign up for on-site pickup of electronics, and also offers room cleanouts, storage bins, and outdoor recycling events.
"It’s a humbling and rewarding experience to be able to help so many in our city do the right thing and collect and responsibly recycle their e-waste — the fastest growing waste stream in the world today," said Electronic Recyclers International Chairman and CEO John Shegerian in a statement.