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Community: Camelot Moving and Storage opens drop-off point for electronics

Posted: October 14, 2010 8:00 p.m.
Updated: October 15, 2010 4:55 a.m.

Devon Zemp of Camelot Moving and Storage sorts a box of hazardous electronic waste. The company has opened a drop-off center for e-waste in Valencia.

 

Need to get rid of an old TV, fax machine or cell phone? A new service for hazardous electronic waste is now available in Santa Clarita that affords residents year-round opportunities to drop off home and office electronics that owners want to dispose.

Camelot Moving and Storage, in coordination with the GREENspot DROPoff organization, has opened a drop-off point at its headquarters in Valencia.

In addition to the convenience of a year-round disposal service, local charities and schools can also register to profit from disposals.

Billy Kornfeld, 56, owner of Camelot, was approached at a local networking meeting of SCV Concierge about GREENspot’s need for a collection site. Gene Bleeker, president of the networking group comprised of local business professionals, approached Kornfeld at the meeting.

“After learning about GREENspot, Bleeker made me aware of the organization’s need for a collection site,” said Kornfeld. “From there, I made the inquiry into GREENspot, and here we are.”

Committed to helping
Family-owned and operated, Camelot Moving and Storage began in April 1986 in Newhall with one small moving truck and a few packing supplies.  Now a leading transportation company in the Santa Clarita Valley, the company offers local and long-distance moves, short-term and long-term storage, self-storage, commercial and residential moves of all types, and packing service and supplies.

Always green conscious, Camelot packing supplies — boxes and packing paper — are 70- to 100-percent recycled materials. Kornfeld said that rather than toss partially used paper, the company feeds it back into its copier. The employees also use an on-premise recycling bin and separate waste baskets throughout the offices for recycled materials. 

Kornfeld himself drives a hybrid car, and he said he continually monitors technology, anxiously awaiting the arrival of hybrid or electric big rigs for use at his company.    

“We want to help our local community, as well as our global community, where there is need and where we can afford to,” said Kornfeld. “Locally, we contribute both moving and storage services and financial assistance to local nonprofits.”

Camelot Moving and Storage has provided help to the Assistance League of Santa Clarita, Domestic Violence Center, the Boys & Girls Club and the Michael Hoefflin Foundation. Kornfeld said his company always lends a hand wherever it can help.

“In 1994, we brought in trucks to move the local branch of the Red Cross to a larger location to better manage aid to victims of the Northridge earthquake,” Kornfeld said.

“More recently, we provided two sets of drivers and trucks to bring aid to the Gulf Coast after hurricanes Katrina and Rita.”

E-waste
While e-waste only makes up about 2 percent of our landfills, GREENspot DROPoff said it contributes to about 70 percent of toxic waste. E-waste leaches mercury and other toxins into the earth, which then find their way into the water supply.

Any nonprofit that is either based in California, or has offices in California, can register for the GREENspot program on the company’s website or print out a form found at www.greenspotdropoff.org/whatisewaste.html and bring it into Camelot Moving and Storage.

Registering to benefit a charity or school will trigger a donation to that organization for every eligible item dropped off at Camelot. GREENspot will provide materials to each entity to alert its constituents to the fundraising opportunities and process. A tax ID number is required to qualify as a nonprofit or school.

Checks are sent out quarterly from the funds raised during each period based on total participation in the program. This lets organizations benefit from the collective e-waste disposed by local residents, whether individuals registered to support an organization or not.

 “I’m always looking for ways to make our company more green,” Kornfeld said.  “When I learned about the $1 donation per item to schools, that made the GREENspot program sound even better.”

Camelot Moving and Storage has spent 25 years building strong client relationships by providing customized service to its customers, Kornfeld said.

E-waste can be dropped off Monday through Friday, from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., or Saturday 8 a.m. to 2 p.m., at the Camelot office located at 28040 Industry Drive. The moving and storage company is located west of Interstate 5 and just north of the 126 freeway.

Information on Camelot Moving and Storage can be reached at www.camelotmovers.com. Any questions about the e-waste program can be directed to Kornfeld at (661)-255-3112.

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