Getting rid of electronics in an earth-friendly fashion

When a battery dies, most people would simply toss it in the garbage. When a computer is obsolete, many folks would just take it out to the curb. But here in the Bronx, there is a recycling program that can dispose of electronic devices properly and help protect the environment.Many electronic devices and batteries contain hazardous chemicals such as lead and mercury. These chemicals can be released into the environment after sitting in a landfill, and can even pollute drinking water. The rising cost of exporting waste and New York's current economic crisis has limited disposal options, but there is an alternative to merely dumping those broken gadgets in the trash. Thanks to funding from the city council, Bronx residents can recycle their electronics and batteries for free, and get a tax-deductible receipt.Sustainable South Bronx, headquartered in Hunts Point, is currently spearheading the program. Due to lack of funding, the program will end this month, but many are hoping that it will be an option in the near future. To date, Sustainable South Bronx has collected over 52 tons of electronic waste from Queens, Manhattan, and the Bronx.The last day for electronic recycling in the Bronx is Thursday, September 25 between 11 a.m. and 6 p.m. at BronxNet, located on Bedford Park Boulevard between Goulden and Jerome Avenues.

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