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Drop off old electronics this Saturday at e-waste drive

By: Kathy Maynard, Loomis News Correspondent
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Local schools wants to swap your old electronic equipment for new technology for students. The fifth annual Loomis Basin Education Foundation E-waste Drive will be from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., this Saturday, April 21, at Loomis Grammar School on Taylor Road. “I think it’s a great service to the community because all of us seem to have garages and closets full of old TVs, monitors, speakers, keyboards and other things that we’d like to get rid of that we can’t put in the garbage can,” said Steve Stahlberg, Education Foundation vice president, who is in charge of the event. “If people look around their houses, it’s a good excuse to start their spring cleaning while at the same time helping to support our Loomis schools.” Electronic devices that can be dropped off for recycling include monitors, TVs, desktop PCs, notebook PCs, VCRs, stereos, speakers, keyboards, mice, PDAs, cell phones, digital cameras, zip drives, phones, video game players, printers/copiers, scanners, fax machines, cords and cables, hair dryers and small kitchen appliances like blenders, mixers, and toasters. However, it’s important to note the types of things we cannot take, said Stahlberg. Larger household appliances such as refrigerators, stoves, microwave ovens, washers and dryers, or hazardous material such as fluorescent light bulbs, car batteries and paint will not be accepted. “We work with California Electronic Asset Recovery (CEAR) Inc., which sorts and recycles all the components properly according to code and shreds all the hard drives so people don’t need to be concerned about clearing them,” said Carolyn Petree, Education Foundation president. “People feel better when they know where it is going, which is why I love working with CEAR.” According to their website, cearinc.com, CEAR's recycling services prevent end-of-life equipment from being disposed of haphazardly and decrease the amount of outdated electronics making their way to landfills and ultimately into all of our natural resources, Abiding by the three Rs of environmental stewardship, “Reduce, Reuse and Recycle,” CEAR separates electronic parts and components into “clean” (uncontaminated) material categories in order to revert them back into their respective raw materials. The collected material goes through a vigorous 5-step process including demanufacturing, removal of hazardous materials and components, complete shredding of media devices, separating residual materials and baling/shredding. After this process is complete, detailed reports are generated and recycling certificates are issued. “They weigh the items and pay us by the weight. In the past, we’ve filled up four to five bins and collected over 43,000 pounds of E-waste,” said Petree. “Last year we earned nearly $4,000 to enhance the technology in our schools.” Petree said Education Foundation volunteers are also working on grants to help fund technology for the schools. E-Waste Drive Who: Loomis Basin Education Foundation What: E-waste collection, benefiting Loomis Union School District schools When: 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., Saturday, April 21 Where: Loomis Grammar School parking lot Information: lbef.net