NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — If you’re getting rid of some old electronics, you may want to recycle them instead of tossing them in the trash. There are four drop-off locations this weekend run by the Lower East Side Ecology Center.

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Computer monitors, televisions and other electronics account for two percent of the waste stream. But environmentalists say they’re responsible for up to 40 percent of lead in landfills.

That’s why Christina Datz-Romero, executive director of the Lower East Side Ecology Center, says recycling is so important.

“An old TV or an old monitor for example could have up to 4 pounds of led in it,” she said,

Datz-Romero says the components are separated and the non-toxic portions are sold.

“You have plastics that you can market that’s a commodity, you have metal that’s a commodity,” she said.

This weekend’s event is Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. in Manhattan, Staten Island and Queens. If you can’t make it, don’t worry. They have future recycling events planned for the rest of the month.

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