Middle school recycling project helping community

Middle school recycling project helping community

BY MATT MACKINDER
Clarkston News Staff Writer

Need to dispose of old electronics? A recycling event is coming to Sashabaw Middle School next month.
From 9 a.m. to noon on Saturday, Nov. 2, the event will run in the front parking lot. Donations will benefit Academic Service Learning projects at SMS.
“This project was started by a group of students in last year’s Academic Service Learning class,” said Sashabaw Middle School teacher Andrea Lockwood. “Students in the class are tasked to find a problem in the community and work to solve the problem while learning about ecology. This group of students learned how electronics can leach harmful chemicals into the ground when placed into a landfill. They researched and found a company (High Tech Recycling, located in Pontiac) that would take the electronics and recycle the components.”
Two seventh grade students – Claire Dane and Ava Syckle – are looking forward to the event and encouraging more people to recycle.
“We think reducing the amount of things that you buy is the best option,” Dane said. “However, if you do purchase things, it is important to recycle them by reusing them or placing them into the proper recycling bin or facility. If we don’t recycle, we risk having shortages of our natural resources and overfilling our land with garbage.”
“We hope that by collecting electronics, we can keep harmful chemicals out of the ground, reduce the amount of waste in our landfills, and help people learn more about reducing, reusing, and recycling,” added Syckle.
Items that will be accepted include computers and servers, phones and phone systems, laptops, cellular phones and accessories, computer monitors (LCD only), digital cameras, rechargeable batteries, cable boxes and modems, toner cartridges, satellite receiver boxes, computer parts, printers, switches and routers, DVD and VCR players, game consoles, computer cords and cables, household appliances, docking stations, keyboards and mice, LCD, LED and plasma TVs, fax machines, battery backups, portable MP3 players, and tablets.
No CRT monitors and TVs or alkaline batteries will be accepted.
Sashabaw Middle School is located at 5565 Pine Knob Lane.
For more information, call (248) 270-5842.