Gowanus warehouse recycles, refurbishes & shows off e-waste

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A New York City recycling center wants to solve the problem of electronic waste in the Big Apple by helping dispose of your old laptops, speakers, cellphones and other discarded electronics.

The Lower East Side Ecology Center has had an e-waste collection facility in Gowanus since 2012.

The center either properly disposes of the items, which may contain hazardous chemicals, or refurbishes them for re-sale at a discount.

It also has a prop library and museum that showcases classic electronics for young people to see firsthand and for movie shoots.

"I see mostly a legacy in this stuff," says Tony Hart, a 14-year-old visiting New York from North Carolina for spring break. 

The teen's father says he fixes up old computers at home and wanted to make sure his son saw some of the items during their trip.

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