La Jolla High School’s annual electronic waste recycling fundraiser brings a crowd



“Be Green” signs peppered the streets surrounding La Jolla High School on Feb. 20 in preparation for the school’s third annual electronic waste recycling fundraiser.

More than 30 parent and student volunteers greeted community members and business owners as they arrived in the school’s parking lot in vehicles packed with unwanted computers, microwaves, TVs and the like.

Volunteers removed the items from the vehicles, packed them and loaded them in a large green-and-white recycling truck.

“After we collect the items, the company delivers them to their facility in Fresno. They grind them down, melt them, separate the plastics and metals, and resell the recycled materials,” said senior Tess Reardon, president of the La Jolla High School Clean Campus Club.

Ron La Chance, chief recycler, commonly referred to as “Mr. Green,” said that about 25,000 pounds of e-waste was collected during the six-hour event.

While that may seem like a substantial amount, many volunteers felt the event was a disappointment.

Ellen Reardon, PTA representative and volunteer, said: “We filled three trucks last year, but just one this year. It may have had something to do with our limited advertising.”

California enacted the Electronic Waste Recycling Act on Jan. 1, 2005, to implement a program intended to provide cost-free e-waste recycling for consumers. The act prevents the illegal dumping of e-waste and decreases the hazardous materials entering the municipal solid waste stream.

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