By Roger Li
For La Jolla High students on Feb. 19 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., your trash is their treasure. The school is hosting an e-waste collection day, where La Jolla residents can drop off their unwanted electronic goods.
Acceptable donations include cameras, scanners, televisions, cell phones, and computers. Appliances and batteries are excluded.
La Jolla High PTA is sponsoring the event, along with ASB, LJHS Interact and several environmental advocacy clubs. Each pound of electronics will be sold to benefit the PTA. In 2010, two 18-wheel trucks full of used electronics were collected. In February, La Jolla High seeks to collect even more.
Jane Wheeler, member of the LJHS e-waste committee, mentioned some of the more unusual donations that pop up.
Some people, she said, “clear out an entire garage full of old electronics. We also get some giant, bulky TVs that I’m sure have been replaced by flat-screens.”
Blair Brice, current Interact Club president anda volunteer at last year’s collection day, spoke of the event’s impact on Interactors.
“[The event] really taught the club about the importance of preserving Mother Earth,” she said. “If we can recycle our electronics, then we don’t have to put them in landfills. The money that the PTA gets in return is an added bonus. This year, I’m encouraging all of my friends to come volunteer with me.”
Interested volunteers can contact Wheeler at (619) 822-1120 or e-mail
- There are two shifts available: 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Donations can dropped off at the end of Westbourne Street near La Jolla High, off of Draper Avenue.