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EH&S & PSSI Host Computer Recycling
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(l 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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