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Electronics recycling event planned in Valley Stream

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Valley Stream Village will host its first electronic recycling drop-off day event Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

The event will be held at Village Green, behind Village Hall and the library entrance on Valley Stream Boulevard. Residents can drop off televisions, computers, printers, fax machines, VCRs, DVRs, DVD players, video game consoles and cellphones. The village cannot accept batteries at this time, officials said.

Officials hope the event encourages schools and businesses to get rid of their own e-waste. The village is also offering curbside pickup free of charge to residents.

The Valley Stream Village board of trustees has contracted with Mount Vernon’s WeRecycle! to recycle electronic waste products at no extra cost to taxpayers. The action follows a state law that took effect Jan. 1 prohibiting e-waste from being dumped in landfills. The village makes about 12.5 cents for every pound taken away, Valley Stream Mayor Ed Fare has said.

For more information on the e-cycling program in Valley Stream or to request a special pickup, call the Sanitation Department at 516-825-8108 or visit the village website at VSVNY.org.

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