- Making good on a promise from his February 'State of the County' address, Suffolk Executive Steve Levy
announced he has
issued a Request for Proposal (RFP) to develop a county-wide recycling program for electronic waste.
"We recycle paper, we recycle cardboard, we recycle plastics, bottles and cans, but when it comes to the most potentially toxic product of them all, our electronic waste, we have few recycling programs at all. It is time to change that," Levy said.
In the RFP, Levy outlined what would be expected of qualifying consultants submitting proposals to create such a recycling program. He stated that the goals are to provide a no-cost/low-cost disposal program to eliminate the improper disposal of electronic waste (E-Waste), which
includes computers, monitors, televisions, radios, batteries, and stereos, as well as recapture and reclaim the valuable components these products
Under the proposed program, Suffolk residents would be able to drop off old, unwanted E-Waste products at any of five conveniently located, county-owned sites. After collection, where possible, the E-Waste will be salvaged for either resale of whole units or donated to school systems or non-profit organizations for public benefit. If it is not feasible to re-sell or donate the equipment, the agency selected to host Suffolk's
E-Waste recycling program could choose to refurbish the products or sell them for parts or materials.
Levy also noted he would make sure whichever proposal was selected, secure facilities for the storage of the electronic waste, and no hazardous waste materials or substances, would be safely disposed.
"Our environment is one of our biggest drawing powers here in Suffolk County," Levy said. "We can protect it by preserving our open spaces, which we do extensively and by recycling more, our soil and groundwater will not become contaminated with pollutants. That is the big picture behind this proposed program, and something we are sure we can accomplish."
All proposals responding to the RFP are due by Nov. 17, at which time the best option will be singled out for implementation.