Earth Day E-Waste Collection Event in Newark’s Ironbound a Success

An estimated 30,000 pounds of electronic waste was collected to be properly recycled at a free E-Waste Collection Event to mark Earth Day in the Ironbound District. The event, presented in partnership by the City of Newark, the Ironbound Business Improvement District (IBID), Panasonic, Covanta and Urban Renewal Corp. at Peter Francisco Park, made it convenient and easy for local businesses and residents to recycle electronics like old TVs, PCs and laptops, printers, small household appliances, phones and other e-waste.

“We are pleased that our partnership has had an important impact in our district and beyond, with many truckloads of e-waste coming from downtown Newark and other parts of the city,” said Seth A. Grossman, the IBID’s Executive Director. “Many people realize it is important to remove electronic products from the waste stream but don’t know how or where to dispose of them properly. That’s why this service is so important to the Ironbound and the City of Newark.”

 Ligia De Freitas, Senior Aide to Newark Mayor Ras J. Baraka, said events like the e-waste collection effort in the Ironbound represent the kinds of initiatives that promote a cleaner, greener and healthier environment that’s a top priority citywide.

"Panasonic is pleased to continue our sponsorship of e-waste collection events in the Newark community such as the Earth Day Ironbound event, and thanks those who dropped off old electronic products, diverting them from the waste stream to the recycling stream," said David Thompson, Director, Environmental Department, Panasonic Corporation of North America.

William H. Carmel, Esq., an attorney with a practice on Ferry Street across from Peter Francisco Park, brought some old electronic equipment to be recycled and praised the initiative. “It is tremendously important that Ferry Street, the hub of the Ironbound District, is clean and safe and fosters a sense of community among the people who live and work here.”

Gordon Burgoyne, E-Waste Business Manager at Covanta, said because the company is based in New Jersey, local events are particularly important. “We have been recycling e-waste for five years as a way to give back to the communities where we are working.”

Lane Jacobs, CEO of Urban Renewal Corp., said that recycling e-waste is creating opportunities for disadvantaged people in Newark and beyond, in addition to contributing to a cleaner environment. “When some of the individuals we work with come into the program, they don’t know how to plug a computer in,” he added. “When they leave, they have learned the skills to not only recycle old electronic equipment, but also to diagnose and repair computers.”

For more information about programs and services provided by the Ironbound Business Improvement District, visit goironbound.com. You can also follow news from the Ironbound District through social media at Facebook.com/goironbound.

 
Representatives of the City of Newark, 
the IBID, Panasonic, Covanta and Urban Renewal Corp. 
gathered for an Earth Day photo at the e-waste collection event
held at the Ironbound District’s Peter Francisco Park.