Every year U.S. residents throw away between 300 and 400 million electronic items. Most of these items are not recycled, so they end up in our local landfills, contaminating the earth with toxic lead waste. Who are the owners of these electronics? Many are young students who are upgrading their computers, game consoles and smartphones for the latest high tech gadget.
A new program aimed at encouraging13 to 18 year olds to recycle their electronics is currently underway. Best Buy, Energy Star and DoSomething.org, an organization that encourages young people to make a difference in their communities, have teamed up to promote a six-week e-waste recycling competition.
The contest runs from September 1 – October 1. Students sign up for the program by filling out a verification form. They collect the e-waste and then deliver it to a Best Buy store. Then they report back to the DoSomething.org website and share some information about their experience.
What e-waste is the program accepting?
- Cell phones
- CDs and DVDs
- Digital cameras
- Alarm clocks
This particular program will not be accepting televisions, computer monitors, CPUs, batteries and large appliances.
Besides learning about the importance of recycling and reducing the amount of e-waste that winds up in their landfills, the students also have a chance to win Best Buy gift cards and a $500 education grant!
Students can sign up for the program here.