Greener BeeGreen ElectronicsGoodwill electronics recycling day takes in 27,000+ pounds

Clean Valley Council, Natural Awakenings Magazine, go green NRV, Roanoke Natural Foods Co-op, Friendly City Food Co-op, Yokohama Tire Corporation, Wade’s Supermarket, and Goodwill Industries® of the Valleys are excited to announce the results of the 3rd Annual Fall Electronics Clean Out Day (ECO Day).  The event, which took place on Saturday, September 15th at five locations in Roanoke, Salem, Christiansburg, Radford, and Harrisonburg, was an effort to keep materials out of area landfills.  The public was encouraged to donate their old electronics, computers, computer equipment, and small appliances.

This year 373 people donated at ECO Day sites.  Thanks to this outstanding community support 27,117 pounds of material was collected.  This compares to 158 donors and 12,442 lbs. of materials in 2011.  Since the first ECO Day in 2010 over 55,000 tons of material has been kept out of area landfills.

“We are very pleased with this year’s results,” states Cristina Siegel, Executive Director Clean Valley Council. “Events such as ECO Day show that people are growing more conscious of recycling and protecting the environment.”

ECO Day is an extension of a Goodwill partnership with Dell Computers and an effort to increase awareness of recycling and green initiatives.  Through the Dell RECONNECTTM partnership, computers and computer related hardware are responsibly recycled by Dell.  Other items collected will either be sold in local Goodwill stores or recycled responsibly with local recyclers.  Proceeds from ECO Day support Goodwill job training and employment programs. 

“ECO Day is not only a great way to keep items out of landfills, but is also benefiting Goodwill’s mission of helping people in our community get back to work and gain greater independence,” says Mark Brittain, VP Donated Goods Operations for Goodwill. “It is important to stress that people can bring old electronics, computers, and small appliances to Goodwill stores and donation centers every day.”

In 2011, Goodwill kept over 14.3 million pounds of material out of area landfills throughout the 31 county, 14 city territory in Virginia.  Through successful salvage efforts, the organization works diligently to see that the community’s castoffs do not come back to harm the environment.

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