On April 28th, St. Matthew’s Parish School held an electronic waste recycling event and collected 6,903 pounds of E-waste.
This free event was open to the community for anyone interested in disposing of their E-Waste in a safe and secure environment. In 2008, the United States generated 3.16 million tons of electronic waste and less than 14% was recycled. The rest went into landfills or incinerators. E-waste contains lead, mercury, chromium, cadmium, mercury and zinc that contaminate our planet if not responsibly recycled.
Grades of Green Youth Corps student Grace Cortese organized the Electronic Waste collection at her school and was thrilled to see so many members of the Pacific Palisades community show up with their used electronics. All Green Recycling, the company that processed the electronics, donated $350 to St. Matthew’s Parish School after the collection. This donation will help pay for solar panels outside Grace’s classroom, which is her dream project for her school.