On April 30 from noon-4 p.m., Girl Scout Troop 1001 is hosting a Spring Recycle event at Solana Highlands Elementary School, 3520 Long Run Drive in Carmel Valley.
The first 50 people to bring items to the Spring Fling will receive a free reusable bag! The troop will be collecting small electronics including computers, monitors, televisions, cell phones, mp3 players, ink toner cartridges, printers, microwaves, cables and wires and laptops. In addition, they will be collecting single use batteries and plastics 1-7. Lastly, in an effort to encourage the re-use message of “reduce, reuse, recycle,” they will be collecting gently used men’s, women’s and children’s clothing to be donated to the San Diego Rescue Mission.
The troop is working toward completing its Silver Award and have chosen to hold this community event to help educate the public on the importance of reducing, reusing and recycling. Did you know that in 2008, there was 4.6 billion pounds of e-waste (electronics waste) in the United States, and less than 900 million pounds of it was recycled? As a matter of fact, most of it ended up in landfills or was shipped to other countries like China and India. There are hazardous levels of lead, chromium, mercury, zinc, nickel, and flame retardants in many of the electronics. If these substances end up in the soil they can damage the environment and people too. But, before taking your electronics to a recycler, make sure they are e-Stewards. Unfortunately, 90 percent of recyclers will ship their e-waste to other countries, where they create toxic dumps, known as the most poisonous places on earth.
Did you also know that dangerous metals and acids are found within single use batteries? Nevertheless, Americans throw out almost 180,000 tons of batteries each year! If placed in landfills, the toxins and materials such as lead, mercury, cadmium and others leak out of the cased battery and pollute the soil and water around the landfill. If disposed by incinerators, they emit harmful fumes that pollute the air. Most types of batteries can be recycled, which allows the metals found in the batteries to be reused to create more batteries or other materials.
All the electronics from the event will be collected by All Green Electronics Recycling, an official e-Steward. So begin collecting your e-waste, batteries and gently used clothing today and drop them by on April 30 from noon-4 p.m.