to r): Heather Perry, EHS; Julie Muir, PSSI; Talley Summerlin, Event
Producer; Andy Weiss, Event Foreman; Kate Krebs, Executive Director,
National Recycling Coalition; Lennie Myers, Image Microsystems (recycling
company); and Dorsey Moore, event volunteer.
On Friday and Saturday, October 10 and 11, Environmental Health and Safety and
Peninsula Sanitary Services, Inc. hosted a first of its kind Computer Recycling Workshop and
Event. Sponsored by Dell, Inc. and the National Recycling Coalition, Friday's workshop was
attended by recycling professionals from state and local colleges and municipalities.
Attendees were trained on how to host their own recycling event in addition to being given
an in depth analysis of the state of electronics recycling industry. Attendees from Friday's
workshop were then given hands-on training as volunteers at Saturday's Computer Recycling Event.
By all accounts, the Saturday collection event was a tremendous success.
Volunteers learned first-hand how much is involved with hosting a computer recycling event
and the community appreciated the opportunity to discard their used computer equipment free
of charge. Open to all residents of Santa Clara and San Mateo Counties, over 1000 cars
(and one bicycle) participated and an estimated 60 tons of equipment were collected. Several
local dignitaries visited to show their support, including several Palo Alto City Council
members and Palo Alto's Vice Mayor Bern Beecham.
Stanford University President John L. Hennessy said about the event:
"Computers have become an integral part of personal and commercial life in Silicon Valley. As
one of the engines of technological growth in our society, universities must play an important
role in increasing awareness about the responsibilities that go hand-in-hand with those
technological advances. Stanford is pleased to support initiatives to encourage the recycling
of computer equipment and seeks to encourage its own community members to be leaders in the
efforts to increase socially and environmentally responsible use of technological tools."
Many of the computers collected will be redistributed
back into the community via Dell's partnership with the National
Cristina Foundation (NCF, www.cristina.org).
NCF partners with regional non-profit organizations to put technology
into the hands of groups and individuals who might not otherwise
have access to computer systems.
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