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Bay Ridge to mark Earth Day early

October 22, 2015 By Paula Katinas Brooklyn Daily Eagle
Josephine Beckmann, district manager of Community Board 10, is one of the organizers of the Earth Day event. Eagle file photo by Paula Katinas
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Earth Day is usually celebrated on April 22, but in Bay Ridge, people aren’t waiting. Community Board Ten (Bay Ridge-Dyker Heights) is working with the Robotics Team from Xaverian High School on plans for an Earth Day event sponsored by state Sen. Marty Golden and Councilmember Vincent Gentile on Saturday, Oct. 24.

The event will take place in the parking lot of Xaverian High School on Narrows Avenue between 71st Street and MacKay Place in Bay Ridge from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Residents will be able to participate in the following three ways:

E-WASTE RECYCLING: Residents can drop off unwanted electronic waste including omputers, monitors, printers, scanners, keyboards, mice, cables, TVs VCRs DVD players, phones, audio/visual equipment, and cell phone. The items will be recycled by the Lower East Side Ecology Center.

RAIN BARREL GIVEAWAY: Sponsored by the New York City Department of Environmental Protection and Gentile, the Rain Barrel Giveaway Program is an important part of the event, according to Community Board 10 officials. Rain barrel use improves the city’s waterways by using natural systems to manage runoff during rainstorms. Homeowners can use rainwater collected in barrels for yard planting and other uses.

SHRED TRUCK: Golden is sponsoring a truck that will shred documents. Residents can bring unwanted documents to be shredded. The shred truck will be available 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. or until it fills up and can no longer shred documents. Golden, who has sponsored shredding events in the past, urged residents to take advantage of the opportunity to dispose of unwanted items in an environmentally way.

“Working together with Community Board 10, Xaverian High School and my colleagues in government, we invite the community to join us at this Earth Day event which will help our system locally of waste disposal,” said Golden, who added that the shred truck will allow residents to “rid their house of clutter and unnecessary papers, and protect against possible identity theft.”

Gentile predicted that the Earth Day event will be a success.

“With initiatives such as e-waste recycling, the rain barrel giveaway and the shred truck, The Community Board 10 Earth Day Event is an active and immediate way to help our environment. It’s important that we save the environment now so that our children and their children will live in a healthier world than we left it,” he told the Brooklyn Eagle in an email.

For more information on the Earth Day event, call Community Board 10 at 718-745-6827.

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