Recycle your old electronics in Prospect Park
The Upcycle fest happens October 27 and 28, and gives New Yorkers a chance to safely dispose of old phones, computers and more
Sun Oct 27 2013
Photograph: Wendy Connett
If you've been meaning to ditch an out-of-date printer or that old cell phone, today's the day: Today, October 27, and tomorrow, October 28, you can drop off unwanted electronics at the Upcycle Fest at Prospect Park. The event, put on by Causes International, aims to combat electronic waste by getting tech-obsessed New Yorkers to donate their unwanted devices to be fixed up and resold.
Most electronic items are welcome—even broken or damaged ones (if they can't be resold, they will still be recycled)—including cell phones, computers, printers, TVs and cameras. The full list of acceptable items can be found on the fest's wesbite, but VCR players and cathode ray tubes are on there (seriously), so it's safe to say they'll be taking most things. Causes International also takes care of data destruction, so you don't have to spend all day deleting contacts from your phone or files from your laptop (though it's a good idea to do that anyway).
Upcycling trucks will be at four locations on the perimeter of the park: the Willink entrance (near Empire Boulevard) for drive-through drop-offs; Third Street and Prospect Park West; Grand Army Plaza; and the Bartel Lot (only on Monday). You can drop off your items on Sunday from 9am through 2pm and Monday from 8am through 2pm, and businesses can also call for a free on-site pick-up of goods.