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E-waste collection Saturday

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By The Staff

MOUNT WASHINGTON - The Girl Scouts of Kentuckiana invites the entire community to participate in an e-Waste collection event on Saturday, Nov. 7, from 8 a.m. until Noon at Mount Washington Elementary School.

The Girl Scouts of Kentuckiana is dedicated to the environment and the planet. Through the Girl Scout program, girls learn to recycle, reuse and recreate waste.

Recently, Girl Scouts joined forces with two Kentucky companies - CRI and GES - to address the issue of recycling electronic waste or e-waste.

CRI Recycling, located in Jeffersontown, has been in business for eight years. It recycles inkjet cartridges, laser toner cartridges and cell phones.

Through the recycling of these items, natural resources such as oil and water are conserved. To manufacture one new printer ink cartridge, it requires approximately three quarts of oil and to produce one pound of plastic, it requires 24 gallons of water.

GES, Global Environmental Services, is located in Georgetown. It is dedicated to “zero landfill” operation standards that meet or exceed EPA requirements.

The company recycles 100 percent of its electronic waste, including old computers, keyboards, radios, fax machines, hard drives, modems, printers, copiers, DVD players, VCR players, TVs and monitors. Every part is recycled. For example, plastics are removed from e-waste and turned into bumpers for cars.

At this time, there is a $5 recycle fee for TVs and computer monitors due to the cost of recycling these items.

Most companies that claim to recycle these items only remove small portions from the e-waste. The remaining parts are shipped overseas to third world countries and dumped. The environmental impact on these countries are having widespread effects on the people who live there.

To view what is happening, go to www.ban.org.

Mount Washington Girl Scouts Service Unit 667 is very interested in the recycling of e-waste and wants to help reduce the amount that ends up in landfills or overseas.

The collection date will be on Saturday, Nov. 7, from 8 a.m. until Noon at the parking lot of Mount Washington Elementary School.

Everyone is invited to bring their e-waste.

The Girl Scout Law states “and make the world a better place” by being responsible young citizens and helping with problems such as electronic waste.

For more information, call 538-0250.