Recycling event yields 3,100 pounds of electronics
When electronics are no longer functioning or useful, disposing of them can lead to the release of harmful chemicals into the environment.
Hartsfield-Jackson’s Planning and Development unit held its fourth Employee Electronics Recycling Day on October 18 to ensure the proper, eco-friendly disposal of employees’ outdated and broken gadgets. The event, in support of the City of Atlanta Sustainability Week, was held in partnership with Creative Recycling Systems of Georgia, which hauled away the donated items.
Employees brought an estimated 3,100 pounds of electronics to the collection site at the Airport’s Tech Campus.
“Employees took advantage to get rid of a lot of TVs,” said Sharon Douglas, senior environmental compliance manager.
Many people bringing in electronics were “repeat recyclers” and had brought in items for previous collections, Douglas said. One woman came with a family member in a pickup truck loaded with defunct electronics.
Douglas said employees recycled many old phones, computer monitors and speakers. The items included the first microwave to appear at an Employee Electronics Recycling Day.
Anthony Vasquez (from left), Tashika Clark and Sharon Douglas wait at Tech Campus to collect donations for the fourth Employee Electronics Recycling Day.
Daria Turner drops off a truckload of items for Verdell Rawlings, who works at Tech Campus.
The collection on October 18 included the first microwave to be brought in.
Old televisions were popular items at the fourth Employee Electronics Recycling Day at Tech Campus on October 18.
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