You’ve got a few weeks to prepare to bring your recyclables to the Forest Park Bandshell parking lot on Sunday, April 30, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Over the years, the Department of Sanitation has restricted the types of items you can throw out for regular collection. Putting items such as computers (plus the monitors and printers), fax machines, or VCRs and DVD players can result in fines starting at $100.
DSNY hosts infrequent disposal events throughout the five boroughs, but the closest one to Woodhaven is at Citi Field in June. Who wants to lug all their stuff across the borough only to wait in a line with everyone else in Queens wanting to get rid of stuff?
This event is conveniently located right here in our neighborhood and just a few weeks away, giving you enough time to get your stuff together. How can you tell which items to bring and which ones you can safely discard?
First, you can always call 311 and ask. Or you can call Miller’s office at (718) 805-0950 or Addabbo’s office at (718) 738-1111.
Or you can ask at the next Woodhaven Town Hall Meeting, which will be held on Saturday, April 22, at noon at Emanuel United Church of Christ at 93-12 91st Avenue (corner of Woodhaven Boulevard).
One of the things I really like about this local recycling event is the big paper shredder that they bring. Identity theft is such a rampant issue these days that everyone is very careful about the mail and paper correspondence that they discard.
We usually gather these letters until it fills a large garbage bag and we bring it to the recycling event where they all get shredded in a matter of seconds.
There are certain items that people frequently ask about that will not be accepted at this event, but you can still discard of. Those items are air conditioners, paint cans and tires.
To throw out an air conditioner, call 311 to make an appointment with DSNY to remove the chlorofluorocarbons (CFC). They will then tag the air conditioner and it will be collected on your next recycling day.
To throw out old paint cans remove the lid and let the paint dry, or use kitty litter, newspaper, or other absorbent material to soak up paint. Then you can recycle the empty paint cans (plastic or metal) with your regular recycling.
As for tires, DSNY will accept up to four tires from passenger cars at any of its garages between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m., Monday through Saturday, except holidays.
Miller and Addabbo have turned this into a twice-yearly event, the last Sunday in April and the last Sunday in September. So, if you miss this one you can always start planning ahead for the recycling event in Forest Park on Sunday, September 24.
As a bonus, the Woodhaven Residents’ Block Association schedule their yearly neighborhood yard sale the day before the September recycling event. So this year’s Great Woodhaven Yard Sale will take place on Saturday, September 23.
The great thing about the WRBA’s neighborhood yard sale is that they produce a map with all of the locations of the yard sales throughout the neighborhood, thus driving interested shoppers right to your doorstep. If you are interested in signing up for this year’s yard sale, call WRBA at (718) 296-3735 or email firstname.lastname@example.org (no hyphens).
It’s a great opportunity to put out all the stuff you want to get rid of, and some of the stuff that doesn’t sell can go right into your car and dropped off at the recycling event the following day.
So now you’ve been alerted. Start cleaning!