Free Electronic Waste Collection Event at Ironbound District’s Peter Francisco Park

NEWARK, N.J., March 15, 2022 – Newark residents can contribute to a cleaner and healthier community to honor Earth Day 2022 by bringing their old, unused electronics to a free e-waste collection event taking place, rain or shine, from 7:30 a.m. till 2:00 p.m. on Thursday, April 14th, at Peter Francisco Park, located between Edison Place and Ferry Street near Penn Station in Newark’s Ironbound District. A satellite collection site will also be available at BCB Bank (269 Ferry Street) during the same hours for added convenience so that even more people can participate.

In time for Earth Day (April 22) and NJ’s Plastic Bag Ban, Panasonic will be distributing reusable cloth bags made from recycled water bottles (free of charge, while supplies last).

Items that can be collected include, but are not limited to, computer laptops and desktops, televisions, monitors, mice, keyboards and peripherals, CD/VCR/DVD players, small home office copiers/fax machines, MP3 players, photo/video cameras, and more. 

Prohibited items include hazardous wastes/liquids, loose batteries, toner cartridges, fluorescent lamps, and appliances like washers, dryers, and stoves. Household appliances that contain freon or oil, like refrigerators, air conditioners, and space heaters, are also prohibited.

The event is a community partnership between the Ironbound Business Improvement District (IBID), Covanta, a world-leading sustainable waste and materials management company and operator of the Essex County Resource Recovery Facility in Newark, and technology leader Panasonic North America, in cooperation with the City of Newark and Urban Renewal Corporation, a local not-for-profit emergency housing and social services organization.

Collected materials will be recycled at Covanta’s electronic waste processing facility, an R2 and e-Stewards certified operation, and at Urban Renewal’s Training & Development Center located in the greater Newark area and at their R2 facility in Philadelphia. Both entities provide data destruction security measures, however it is recommended that residents wipe all data from their devices prior to dropping them off.

The proper collection and recycling of electronic items helps keep hazardous materials out of the waste stream to improve air quality by reducing the amount of electronics discarded in regular household trash. This, in turn, also reduces the need to mine more raw materials from the earth, further protecting our environment.

Free Electronic Waste Collection Event at Ironbound District’s Peter Francisco Park

For Ironbound residents and business owners that need assistance in delivering their electronic waste to the drop off location, arrangements can be made beforehand by contacting the IBID. To schedule a drop off, or for information about pick up options on April 14 for your e-waste, contact the IBID at 973-491-9191. For more information about the event visit

Contact: Vince Baglivo, 201.410.3758

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