Broadway Green Alliance To Hold First Ever Combined Textile And E-Waste Drive In Times Square
The Broadway Green Alliance (BGA) is sponsoring a combined Textile and E-waste drive for the theatre industry and fans on Wednesday, October 21st from 11:00 AM-2:00 PM in Duffy Square (Broadway and 46th St.). The recycling event is open to all shows, theatres, industry members, and fans.
Wearable Collections, a clothing recycling company, will repurpose or recycle 96% of all textile donations. Accepted items include all used, clean, and dry clothing, including paired shoes, handbags, belts, hats, and household and backstage items such as curtains, linens, and towels. Carpeting, pillows, rugs, fabric scraps, comforters, and bath mats are not accepted.
Wearable Collections will donate a portion of the proceeds to the Broadway Green Alliance to aid in the BGA's efforts to make Broadway greener. The BGA also maintains a textile drop-off bin in the BGA office and at the Actors Federal Credit Union at the Actors' Equity Association.
E-waste, or electronic waste, refers to old electronic devices that are no longer wanted. These products contain dangerous toxins like lead and mercury that should not be thrown in with the rest of the trash but should be recycled instead. The BGA is hiring the e-Steward certified company ERI to provide responsible, domestic recycling of all items of e-waste.
Accepted donations this year include laptops, desktops, monitors, televisions and remotes, computer cables, mice, keyboards, gaming consoles, telecom equipment, small electronic appliances (coffee makers, toasters), cellphones, and accessories. They cannot accept light bulbs, any type of battery, large appliances, air conditioners, or any dangerous items.
To help offset the sizeable cost for the e-waste portion of this event, the non-profit BGA will ask for a donation from anyone dropping off more than one box of e-waste. For a full list of accepted and not-accepted items visit BroadwayGreen.com/ewastedrive.
"It is always great to see how many people come to our recycling events from the theatre community," said BGA Coordinator, Rebekah Sale, "from Broadway stars to off-Broadway techies to the many allied theatre offices who all come to responsibly recycle their unwanted textiles and electronic waste and make theatre greener."
THE BROADWAY GREEN ALLIANCE (BGA) educates, motivates, and inspires the entire theatre community and its patrons to implement environmentally friendlier practices. The BGA, launched in 2008, is an ad hoc committee of The Broadway League and an affiliate program of Broadway Cares/Equity Fights Aids. The BGA brings together all segments of the theatre community, including producers, theatres in New York and around the country, theatrical unions and their members, and related businesses. Working closely with the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC), the BGA identifies and disseminates better practices for theatre professionals and reaches out to theatre fans throughout the country. For more information, visit www.broadwaygreen.com.