A new program is underway to keep unwanted and old electronics out of landfills. Thrown-out electronics, or “e-waste,” can be recycled, but 1.5 million tons of e-waste goes into landfills across the country each year anyway. To combat this, and to encourage environmental awareness, DoSomething.org–a social advocacy group geared for teens and young adults–Best Buy and the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)’s Energy Star Progam created the E-Waste Drive, where teens collect unwanted or broken electronics for recycling.
The E-Waste Drive also seeks to promote awareness of the Energy Star program, educating people about Energy Star products and the beneficial effects they have on both the environment and the bank account.
The drive began on August 15 and will end October 1. It calls for students to collect old electronics–cameras, cell phones, stereos, computer components and the like–from their homes and schools. The e-waste is then turned in to any Best Buy location and recycled. The drive that collects the most e-waste will receive a $500 educational grant for each team member, and the top 10 collectors will also receive prizes.
To learn more about the drive, visit this website.