WHEREAS, A proposal has been received from the Hanger Network, to hold an Earth Day Awareness Event in Bryant Park; and
WHEREAS, The event would be held April 22, 2008, from 8:00 am to 12:00 pm, with set up starting at 7:00 am and clean up ending by 1:00 pm; and
WHEREAS, Although the applicant would be insured for the event, no amplified sound would be used, no merchandise would be sold and the event would be free of charge; and
WHEREAS, Although the event would include the collection of wire hangers, which would be recycled at a commercial recycling plant at no profit to the applicant; and
WHEREAS, Although each person who recycles wire hangers at the event would receive one environmentally-friendly hanger; and
WHEREAS, The Hanger Network is a for-profit manufacturer of such environmentally-friendly hangers; and
WHEREAS, Although the applicant represented that wire hangers cannot be recycled through regular recycling, the New York City website lists wire hangers among the mandated household metal items to be recycled through the Department of Sanitation's collection program; and
WHEREAS, It was recommended that the applicant try to coordinate its event with another recycling event, such as the Electronic Waste Recycling events hosted by the Lower East Side Ecology Center in Union Square and other locations throughout the City; therefore, be it
RESOLVED, That Community Board Five recommends denial of the application by Hanger Network, to hold an Earth Day Awareness Event in Bryant Park on April 22, 2008, from 8:00 am to 12:00 pm.
The above resolution passed by a vote of 31 in favor; 0 opposed; 1 abstaining.