E-Waste Recycling Event is an annual even that take place in State Island being sponsored by Rep. Michael E. McMahon (D-Staten Island/Brooklyn) along with the Lower East Side Ecology Center and the Staten Island Mall. Staten Island Mall is the most popular recycling site for events like this, collecting more used electronics and computer hardware than any other location in New York City. The Lower East Side Ecology Center expects a large turnout of e-waste and local authorities encourage all residents to donate their old electronics. This event collects working and non-working computers, monitors, printers, scanners, keyboards, mice, cables, TV’s, VCR’s, DVD players, phones, audio/visual equipment, cell phones and PDAs. All personal-use electronics are being accepted, with the exception of large appliances such as dish washers and washing machines and microwaves. The organizers of the event are not excepting any electronics from businesses and any commercial establishments. According to the Environmental Protection Agency, as much as 70 percent of all heavy metals comes from electronic equipment. The problem with electronic equipment is that it consists of hazardous materials and doesn’t break down but just seep into the ground and water contaminating it. By recycling e-waste organizers can reuse the scraps of metal and rubber while removing the toxic waste and keeping more metal out of landfills. By doing such events every year, organizers and other officials offer this wonderful opportunity to help the environment while also helping local residents clear out their old electronics.