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PHOTO: Sylvania Campus' e-cycling event recycles tons of tech equipment
Photos and Story by James Hill
A mountain of old computers, keyboards, monitors, stereos and cell phones took shape on May 9, when the Sylvania Campus hosted a recycling drive for unwanted computer equipment, as part of the annual spring cleanup with Southwest Neighborhoods, Inc., and SOLV Litter Patrol. The half-day event took place at the Portland Christian Center and collected more than 1,000 electronic items, tipping the scale at 7.9 tons were recycled. In addition to computer equipment, the recycling drive accepted scrap metal, couches, large appliances, yard debris and wood.
Lines of cars were long in the morning as donors waited to unload items to be recycled, but they leveled off around noon. Of the 225 cars that donated to PCC’s e-Cycling part of the event, the collection included 159 monitors; 126 computers; 146 printers; 96 keyboards and more than 500 miscellaneous items. Additionally, nearly 50 television sets were collected and given to a local art instructor for a children’s multimedia art project.
PCC Computer Technology students and faculty, along with volunteers from student government, the Sylvania Campus Green Team and its Environmental Center – 60 in all – got hands-on experience that day as they collected data from donors, triaged computer junk and sorted acceptable donations to be responsibly recycled by Free Geek.