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New Yorkers Recycle Old Electronics At Event In Union Square

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Some of last year's tech toys will not end up in our local landfills thanks to an event in Union Square.

This weekend, New Yorkers got rid of their electronics like cell phones, computers and iPods at the fifth annual, “After the Holidays Electronic Waste Recycling Drive.”

Recyclers say they're glad they could unload without dumping on the environment.

“People should be aware not to just throw everything away so that it ends up in a garbage dump,” said participant Maxine Spiegel. “[Just getting rid of all the junk in your house] helps a lot.”

“We're getting rid of the junk, but also, we feel like we're getting rid of it the right way, so that feels good, added another participant.

The event, sponsored by the Lower East Side Ecology Center, is also meant to raise awareness about a city council bill up for debate later this month. It would require computer, TV and digital music player manufacturers to set up free recycling programs in the city.
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