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E-waste not, recycle aplenty

Cheerleaders host event to fund trip to competition

Posted: January 8, 2012 1:30 a.m.
Updated: January 8, 2012 1:30 a.m.
 

Virtually all money raised by an e-waste fund raiser held Saturday in Valencia will help send members of the California Flyers, a local cheerleading troupe, to the nation’s premier cheerleading competition in April.

“The U.S. All Star Federation cheerleading and dance competition is the Olympics of cheerleading,” California Flyers fundraising chairwoman Kelli Caprine said.

The event was held in the College of the Canyons parking lot, near Valencia Boulevard and  Rockwell Canyon Road, and by 1 p.m., more than 60 carloads of obsolete or broken electronic components had been dumped at the site.

This growing pile soon covered a 200-foot by 60-foot patch of asphalt and included dozens of TVs, computer towers, vacuum cleaners, two turntables and a microphone, stacks of VCRs, DVDs and a keyboard.

E-waste is discarded electrical or electronic devices. Each year, more than 66 million pounds of e-waste are disposed worldwide, according to the Environmental Protection Agency.

The California Flyers had been looking for a way to offset travel costs to the competition, held in Florida, and recognized the benefits of putting together an e-waste fundraiser, Caprine said.

“It’s great,” Caprine said. “People are cleaning out their garages, it’s free, it’s local and it helps us achieve our goals.”
Bill Waycott, of Castaic, dumped a pickup load of outdated equipment, collected  from his business and home, just after 1 p.m.

“It’s all obsolete now,” he said with a chuckle.

State law prohibits e-waste from being thrown into landfills, so Caprine enlisted the aid of a Southern California-based e-waste recycling service.

High Tech Recycling specializes in raising money for schools, churches and charities and keeping toxic substances found

Delete - Merge Upbodycopyin e-waste out of landfills, e-waste recycling specialist Brian Rodli said.

“These events are a way to give back,” he said. “We do these as a partnership. We’re pragmatic tree huggers.”

Today’s technology is tomorrow’s e-waste, and it’s all going to a good cause, Caprine said.

“These girls work very hard throughout the year,” she said. “You’re helping girls achieve their dreams.

The e-waste fundraiser will continue at the college from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. today.

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