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Senator Roxanne Persaud, second from left, with constituents, members of the NYPD and Sanitation Department in giving away rain barrels.
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Brooklyn Senator Roxanne J. Persaud on Saturday her fourth annual Rain Barrel Giveaway and inaugural E-Waste Recycling events, giving away a hundred free rain barrels and recycling dozens of unwanted electronics for residents.

On a sunny, yet windy, April 27 morning at the 19th Senatorial District Office in Canarsie, Brooklyn, Persaud, in partnership with the NYC Department of Environmental Protection, gave away the rain barrels to constituents during this year’s Senate District 19 Rain Barrel Giveaway.

The Guyanese-born Persaud said representatives from the NYC Department of Sanitation and Healthfirst also distributed additional giveaways to residents picking up their rain barrels, and the NYPD 69th Precinct lending a helping hand.”

Persaud said she has hosted this event each year since 2016 and has now given away 400 rain barrels, “which are tank systems that help save money, conserve water and reduce pollution.”

Additionally, during and after the giveaway, Persaud hosted the Lower East Side Ecology Center, also at her District Office, for her inaugural E-Waste Recycling event.

“Dozens of residents filtered in and out throughout the day to recycle their e-waste,” she said.

The e-waste is referred to unwanted electronics, which are now illegal for New Yorkers to discard in the trash.

“Despite the harsh winds, my staff and I were on hand to serve our constituents; the weather did not prevent the scores who came out to collect a rain barrel or drop off their e-waste,” Persaud said.

“Thank you to the constituents of Senate District 19, who are doing their part in helping save the earth,” she added. “I must also thank our partners: the Lower East Side Ecology Center for sponsoring the e-waste disposal, the Department of Environmental Protection for the rain barrels, and the Department of Sanitation, as well as Healthfirst for the giveaways.

“In addition, we cannot forget the 69th Precinct Officers and Youth Explorers for lending a helping hand,” she continued. In fact, one officer even personally delivered a barrel to the home of a constituent.”

Persaud described the event as “a tremendous success.”

“Moving forward, we must continue to ‘Reduce-Reuse-Recycle’”, she said. “I look forward to next year’s events”

Updated 9:13 pm, May 7, 2019
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