La Jolla High holds E-Waste Collection Day on Feb. 25


By Jane Wheeler

For La Jolla High students, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 25, your trash is their treasure. The school will host its fourth annual E-waste Collection Day where residents can drop off their unwanted electronic goods.

Acceptable donations include: computers, monitors, laptops, cameras, scanners, televisions/DVDs, cell phones, and small household items like toasters, vacuums, microwaves.

Anything with a screen brings in the most value. Appliances and batteries are excluded.

The La Jolla High School PTA is sponsoring the event (every pound of electronics will be sold to benefit the PTA) with the help from students in the Interact Club, ASB, Thugs (tree huggers), and local environmental advocacy clubs.

The past three years have yielded five 18-wheeler trucks full of used electronics, just shy of 46,000 pounds. Everything collected will be shredded to avoid the landfills to benefit Mother Earth.

Seniors Ryan Mann, Tom Wheeler and Kevin Riley are spearheading promotions and volunteers for the event. They have created a Facebook page and solicited help from environmental studies teacher Howard Tenenbaum to make the event a success.

Tenenbaum has asked all environmental studies students to hang up a flyer around town and take a photo of its location.

Last year, we witnessed people clearing out entire garages full of old electronics. We got a few vintage speakers, record players, old movie projectors and a slide carousel. The students had never seen a slide projector!

We also got some giant, bulky TVs that have been replaced by flatscreens. Last year it took six people to unload one of the giant TVs.

Mann, LJHS ASB Commissioner of Environmental Affairs, spoke of the event’s impact on students and the school. “The E-Waste Drive helps to reclaim valuable metals and other natural resources while raising money for our school. Along with the bottle-and-can, in-classroom, and cell phone recycling programs, it also helps to build environmental awareness on campus. ”

Seniors Mann and Wheeler are heading to college next year to pursue degrees that relate to the environment and sustainability. “You never know how an event like E-waste will impact a person. It has been a pleasure working with the students on such an eye-opening event,” Wheeler said.

If you go

What: E-waste Collection Day, fundraiser for La Jolla High School PTA

When: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 25

Where: Drop off is at the end of Westbourne Street near La Jolla High, off Draper Avenue.

To volunteer: Contact Wheeler at (619) 822-1120 or; two shifts available, 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 1 to 4 p.m.