October 30, 2012 — HOUSTON As each month progresses, the Keep Kingwood Green group continues to collect more e-waste the first of the month and they hope to collect even more in November. They want to help the community especially those with special needs more with these specific collections.
KKG is partnering with CompuCycle to collect as much e-waste from the community to help raise funds for the organization.
“It is exciting. The ‘What IF’ campaign can help create a solution for e-waste while providing jobs for people with special needs in our communities,” Kelly Hess with CompuCycle, said.
CompuCycle has teamed up with Easter Seals of Greater Houston, UHY Advisors and The Council for Corporate Responsibility to develop this program which is intended to lead to employment in the electronics recycling industry for these individuals.
Named “WhatIF”, the campaign asks the question what if they could all keep electronic waste from the landfill and – at the same time – put people to work.
The proceeds from the Nov. 3 campaign will be used to train and create new employment opportunities for people living with disabilities. These opportunities are in the electronic waste recycling industry, which is why KKG wants to collect as much e-waste as possible from the area on that date.
“Last month, we collected around 15,000 pounds of e-waste and we hope to collect around the same amount this month. If we can help CompuCycle hire more people with special needs and help our residents recycle then it is important to us as member of KKG,” Hal Opperman, president of KKG, said.
KKG fully supports this initiative and encourages all residents to bring your discarded and unused electronic equipment and recycle it.
CompuCycle guarantees that all hard drives will be shredded; none will end up in a landfill nor be shipped overseas to Africa or Asia. A shredder will be onsite to shred the hard drive.
Anything that plugs in to the wall such as PCs and servers; keyboards and mice; switches; game consoles; monitors and laptops; small kitchen appliances; memory chips; hubs and routers; printers and copiers; fax machines; projectors; rechargeable and car batteries; telephones and cell phones; PDAs; tape drives; hard drives; cords and cables; cameras; old TVs, CDs and VHS tapes. If it plugs into the wall and is not a major appliance can all be recycled at the event.
It is important to recycle e-waste because if electronic waste is sent to the landfill toxic chemicals may leak into the soil, lakes and rivers and the water supply. If that waste is burned, toxic fumes that are sent into the atmosphere can adversely affect breathing and health. So, the best option is to reuse and recycle all of those items that can be repurposed.
Since November of last year, CompuCycle has provided e-waste pickup on the first Saturday of every month at Metro Park & Ride on Lake Houston Parkway near the new Community Center. Every weekend there is also recycling of other recyclable waste at that same locale.
“We encourage anyone who has any form of electronic they need to recycle to bring it to our event Nov. 3 because we can get those items out of the house and help those persons with special needs find a job,” Opperman added.
The e-waste collection will take place from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. at the Kingwood Metro Park & Ride near the intersection of Rustic Woods and West Lake Houston Parkway.