Recycling mulch and computers Downtown

Calling all Christmas trees and wrecked tech.

Are you tired of maneuvering your vacuum cleaner around that now-droopy evergreen, shedding needles in the living room? What about the cracked camcorder that was conveniently replaced this year? Well now is your chance to dispose of them in a safe, environmentally-friendly way as New York City brings back its annual MulchFest.

This year, the Alliance for Downtown New York is making it extra-easy to do your ecological part by hosting a MulchFest and Electronic Waste Recycling event on Sat., Jan. 12 at 10 a.m. at the south end of Bowling Green Park. As a reward, free hot apple cider, snacks and recycling bags will be provided.

The Lower East Side Ecology Center and Tekserve are hosting the electronic waste collection in Bowling Green Park near the Beaver Street and Broadway intersection. Acceptable items include: working and non-working computers, monitors, printers, scanners, keyboards, mice, cables, televisions, videocassette recorders, DVD players, phones, audio/visual equipment, cell phones and PDAs. Recycling is free to all residents and all small businesses with fewer than 50 employees.

The Alliance is also partnering with the New York City Departments of Parks and Recreation and Sanitation to collect holiday trees. Drop them at Bowling Green’s MulchFest, where they will be collected to make post-Christmas compost for New York City parks. You are even encouraged to take a bit of mulch home to nourish your potted plants or community garden.

The Alliance is also providing a van pickup service for trees at the corner of Wall and William Sts.; the corner of John and Gold Sts.; Pearl St. between Fulton and Beekman Sts.; West Thames St. between Battery Place and South End Ave.; the corner of South End Ave. and Albany St.; and North End Ave. between Murray and Warren Sts.

For more info on the event, visit  www.downtownny.com. Go to www.lesecologycenter.org to learn more about the Lower East Side Ecology Center’s recycling program.