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Prevent Electronics Waste Going To Landfills! Recycling Event This Saturday (5/18)

Due to rain last weekend, the Electronic Waste Recycling Event was rescheduled to this Saturday, May 18, 2013 from 11am-5pm.

Help divert New York City’s electronic waste from landfills!

So many phones, laptops and televisions end up on the curb when they can instead be recycled. Our own local Green Chip Recycling company helps prevent your old electronic junk from ever being sent to a landfill.

Drop off your broken and unwanted electronics for recycling to the Go Green! Festival at McCarren Park this Saturday. Spread the word about electronic recycling and help make every day Earth day!

All electronic waste will be recycled locally in Greenpoint, Brooklyn. Green Chip Recycling is an R2/ISO14001 company with a zero landfill policy.

Any questions can be sent to [email protected]

Sponsored post courtesy of Green Chip Recycling.

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Greenpoint! Recycle Those Plastic Take-Out Containers And More!

Starting today – Greenpointers (and all other New yorkers) can finally feel slightly less guilty for ordering delivery at four am in a snow storm! At long last NYC recycles all hard plastics, from busted big-wheels to plastic forks. DSNY just asks that you please rinse the General Tso’s juices out before tossing them in with your other recycling. It is anticipated that this move will save the city quite a lot of money in disposal fees and reduce the amount of plastics being buried forever in landfills or left to drift in our rivers and seas.

No No’s: plastic bags, wrappers, pouches or foam. (Bummer.)

Even so, it’s important to continue to reduce our use of plastic, as producing and recycling plastics uses a hefty amount of resources and energy.

Green Pointers: (get it?)

• opt for veggies in that aren’t shrink wrapped (Foxy lettuce, we’re looking at you)
• buy a reusable water bottles instead of bottled water – NYC tap water is clean and safe
• try living without plastic wrap and ziploc bags; trust me you can do it!
• instead of that tupperware that you lose all the lids for, store leftovers in a bowl covered with a small plate – works just as well
• use a canvas tote and say NO to evil plastic bags! You know that guilty feel you get when you forget your tote on line at the grocery store – it’s because satan made you do it…

Reduce, Reuse, Recycle, Greenpoint!

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“A Cleaner City… is a Mindset” Obtaining Street Trash Cans in North Brooklyn

This article made possible by a donation to the Writer’s Fund Raffle by Greenpoint Heights.

While Greenpoint is known for having numerous waste-transfer stations, super-fund sites, toxic releases, the oil spill and the shit tits, recent stories have addressed the neighborhood’s shortage of trash cans.

Both stories – from DNAinfo and NBC NY – focus on northern Greenpoint, around Franklin & Kent. But this shortage is also found on the eastern side of the neighborhood, particularly on Driggs Ave.

I contacted a number of local activists and organizations about the issue: Continue reading

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Is Greenpoint Safe? 10 Things To Do

Do you find it ironic that Greenpoint features the environmentally friendly Rooftop Farms, the new McGolrick Park Farmers Market, a Clean Green Dry Cleaners on Nassau Ave, among many other “green” initiatives? Are you confused that the Earth Day Celebration in McCarren Park is sponsored by Exxon Mobil?

We live on top of an oil spill nearly as big as the Exxon Valdez spill, cause by Exxon Mobil that has rendered the Newtown Creek and the soil underneath our homes extremely toxic. Almost half of the city’s trash is stored and processed in North Brooklyn. Part of Greenpoint, near McGolrick Park, sits directly on top of the Meeker Avenue Plumes which releases the vapors of carcinogenic dry cleaning chemicals into the homes of residents. That all sucks!

It seems contradictory to be living in a very toxic place and at the same time celebrate so many eco-friendly things. It’s like eating organic kale in one hand and smoking a cigarette in the other hand.

So what is the point?

Photo: Bill Rhodes

The point is, we live here and we love it!  And we can’t just give up on Greenpoint. Generations ahead of us will call this place home and it’s important we make sure it is cleaner and healthier for them and safe for us in the meantime.

Instead of being cynical about all of these exciting “green” developments in the community, embrace them and look at them as steps towards cleaning up Greenpoint.

A very important panel discussion called Is Greenpoint Safe? was held at Anella recently. Organizers created this important document to help you become more informed and understand how you can get involved, get educated and get Greenpoint on the right track.

A few important things to note: The Newtown Creek is a Superfund Site, if you live above or near the Meeker Ave plumes it’s important to get your home tested right away for harmful fumes, oil spills and bad odors are cause for action, houseplants can help improve air quality in your home, eating food from your garden may be contaminated with lead or other toxic chemical so test the soil, and composting, limiting the use of harmful cleaners in your home and adopting a tree are all ways you can directly act towards making Greenpoint a cleaner and healthier place.

Please discuss and share this information with friends and neighbors.

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