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‘E-cycling’ event turns circuits to cash

Posted: January 5, 2013 2:57 p.m.
Updated: January 5, 2013 2:58 p.m.

Greenview Resource Management event manager Irah Rivera, left, takes information from drivers as Anthony Dominguez removes items from cars at the e-waste reclamation site at College of the Canyon in Valencia to benefit Hart High School on Saturday

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Dozens of televisions, computer monitors, keyboards and even a vacuum or two littered a parking lot at College of the Canyons Saturday, all dropped off with the goal of benefitting both Hart High School and the environment.

The high school coordinated with Greenview Resource Management Inc. to hold an event this weekend where community members could drop off old, obsolete or unwanted electronics to be recycled.

Doing so both helps the environment, by keeping potentially harmful electronics out of landfills, but part of the proceeds from donated items goes to benefit Hart High School, said Amy Daniels, the president of the Hart Parent Organization.

Saturday’s event, which will continue Sunday, is one of several the school holds throughout the year, Daniels said.

Each event can raise between $8,000 and $10,000 for the school, Daniels added.

“But the best thing about this is we really do provide a community service,” Daniels said.

Castaic resident Cathy Shimamoto came to the event to drop off some audio equipment. She plans on going again Sunday, she said, this time to drop off a rechargeable lawn mower.

Shimamoto said there were several benefits to the recycling event.

“It’s close, it’s easy and it’s good for the environment,” she said.

Irah Rivera, an event manager for Greenview Resource Management, said they usually load up five or six moving trucks to carry away electronics that have been dropped off.

Almost any electronic device can be dropped off, Rivera said, but some common items such as alkaline batteries cannot.

Other items, like microwaves or personal air conditioning units, can be dropped off, but require a fee to process.

The event will continue tomorrow from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the College of the Canyons Valencia campus. Though tomorrow’s weather forecast calls for rain, electronics can be dropped off “rain or shine,” according to Daniels.
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