The Madeleine Parish and School Care for Creation Committee, partnering with Alameda Elementary School’s Green Team and Green Century Electronic Recycling, will be hosting an Earth Day E-Waste Recycling Event at the Madeleine Church, 3123 N.E. 24th Ave., on Sunday, April 17 from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
A team of volunteers will accept and responsibly dispose of discarded e-waste items that include computers, laptops, monitors, printers, scanners, fax and copy machines, ink cartridges, keyboards, mice, servers and routers, networking devices, communications equipment, televisions, VCRs, DVD players, stereo and audio components, cell phones, handheld games, cameras, telephones, miscellaneous electronics, washers, dryers, ovens and stoves.
Other items that will be accepted include athletic shoes, block Styrofoam, household batteries and household fluorescent lights.
They will not take fluorescent lights and batteries from businesses and will also be unable to accept microwaves, refrigerators, VHS tapes and non-block Styrofoam – like packing peanuts and food containers.
The event is free, but donations are encouraged and any money collected will go toward environmental projects at the Madeleine School and Parish grounds.
According to John Robinson, one of the event’s planners, the event has been getting bigger and bigger each year. Last year the team collected around 8,246 pounds of e-waste and nearly filled a 24-foot truck. They also collected nearly 585 pounds of household batteries and plenty of used athletic shoes.
“We ask for an optional donation to fund other environmental projects at the school,” said Robinson “But the main goal is provide a convenient opportunity for people to get rid of electronics responsibly. This event creates the opportunity for functioning electronics to find a new home – and have a second life. We’ll also hand out flyers at the event to let people know where they can recycle all of their waste throughout the year.”
“The event started because our committee members are self-proclaimed tree-huggers and consider ourselves knowledgeable about what can be recycled and where, but we constantly needed to compare notes on where we could take a lot of these items,” said Robinson. “Companies are constantly changing on what they will take and if there is a charge for them. Often you need to drive to the outskirts of town and try and get there before they close. We know that the more difficult it is to recycle, the fewer the number of people will actually do it. Hopefully, this will make it easier for folks.”