Over the years, the Department of Sanitation (DSNY) has restricted the types of items you can throw out for regular collection. Putting items such as computers (plus the monitors and printers), fax machines, or VCRs or DVD players can result in fines starting at $100.
DSNY hosts infrequent disposal events throughout the five boroughs, but who wants to lug all their stuff across the borough only to wait in a line with everyone else in Queens wanting to get rid of stuff?
To help us dispose of some of those hard to get rid of items, Assemblyman Mike Miller, State Senator Joe Addabbo and Councilman Robert Holden are hosting a pair of recycling events in September and October.
The first one is this Sunday, September 27, at the Forest Park Bandshell Parking lot from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., conveniently located right here in our neighborhood. If you’ve been to previous recycling events, you know the drill. However, this year is very different, as you can well imagine.
Due to COVID-19, they are asking that people not leave their vehicles and allow volunteers to take the items out of their cars for them. For everyone’s safety, masks are required at all times, even while sitting inside your vehicle.
Also, they will not be accepting any electronics at this recycling event on Sunday. Instead, you can bring paper for shredding, clothing, shoes, small appliances, kitchenware, toys, bikes, small furniture, eyeglasses, etc.
If you have any questions about what will and what will not be accepted, please call Assemblyman Mike Miller’s Office at (718) 805-0950 or Senator Addabbo’s Office at (718) 738-1111.
Again, if you bring any electronics, you will have to take them home again. However, keep them aside because there will be a second recycling event Sunday, October 11, again at the Forest Park Bandshell Parking lot from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
At this event you can drop off old computers, laptops, monitors, smartphones and other handheld devices, keyboards, mice, printers, television sets, DVDs, VCRs, etc. Again, if you are unsure about what you can bring, call either Miller or Addabbo’s office.
One of the things I really like about these recycling events is the big paper shredder they bring. Identity theft is such a rampant issue these days that everyone is very careful about the mail and paper correspondence that they discard.
We usually gather these letters until it fills a large garbage bag, and we bring it to the recycling event where they all get shredded in a matter of seconds.
There are certain items that people frequently ask about that will not be accepted at this event, but you can still discard them. Those items are air conditioners, paint cans and tires.
To throw out an air conditioner, call 311 to make an appointment with DSNY to remove the chlorofluorocarbons (CFC). They will then tag the air conditioner and it will be collected on your next recycling day.
To throw out old paint cans, remove the lid and let the paint dry, or use kitty litter, newspaper, or other absorbent material to soak up paint. Then you can recycle the empty paint cans (plastic or metal) with your metal, glass, and plastic recycling.
As for tires, DSNY will accept up to four tires from passenger cars at any of its garages between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m., Monday through Saturday, except holidays.
This is a great opportunity to clear out some clutter and benefit our planet by ensuring that all the rubbish you’re getting rid of gets recycled.