FREWSBURG - Students of the Frewsburg Central School District will bring the concept of recycling into the digital age this weekend.
On Saturday, members of Frewsburg Science Squad club will host an electronics recycling event for the community at the Frewsburg middle/high school building from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
The event will serve as a fundraising opportunity for the club, and will be open to the community at large - which is welcome to get a head-start on spring cleaning by bringing any old or unused electronic equipment to the school free of charge. Science Squad members will assist donors with unloading the electronics, and will then transfer the donated items to Sunnking Electronics Recycling in Brockport for recycling and reuse.
According to Paula Ferneza, Science Squad adviser and science teacher, the event is a reflection of the squad's mission to promote the local environment through recycling and reusing.
"This is our first experience with this event," Ferneza said. "It all began as a 'seed' of an idea when the head of our technology department, Heidi Reale, mentioned to me that (the department) was getting reimbursed for recycling some old electronic equipment. She thought that it would be a good fundraising activity for our science club as she knew we are trying to promote environmental awareness. I proposed it to our Science Squad members, who were all for it, and the event grew from there."
While a portion of the proceeds from the event will go toward funding the Science Squad's field trip to the Great Lakes Science Center in Cleveland next year, Ferneza said the club will donate half of its earnings from the event to the Chautauqua County Humane Society.
Additionally, she said Sunnking will reimburse the club 1 cent for each pound of donated equipment.
Taegan Smith, a senior and current president of the Science Squad, said the event will be beneficial on many levels.
"It's a free way to help the environment," Taegan said.
"By getting the electronic waste recycled, it's preventing harmful chemicals and trash from entering the environment and affecting our ecosystem. It will also show other people that there are simple ways to help the environment. By recycling cluttered junk at their houses, they are doing so much more."
In regard to the personal benefit she will receive by participating, she said: "Every step in providing a cleaner environment makes me grow as a person. My passion about the Earth just grows deeper knowing that I can do something to help it."
The Science Squad also partnered with the office of state Sen. Catharine Young, R-Olean, and Time Warner Cable to release a 30-second public service announcement regarding the purpose of the event. The public service announcement was aired as a commercial, and was posted to YouTube.
"Recycling events like this have been wildly successful throughout the state, and I hope our residents take full advantage of it so we can keep our landfills free of hazardous e-waste," Young said in a press release. ""Most of us have old or broken electronics that we no longer use, but may be unsure of how to properly and safely dispose of. As we begin sprucing up our homes and gardens for spring cleaning, this event will provide community members with a safe, easy, and environmentally-friendly way of recycling unwanted electronic items lying around our homes."
Acceptable items include, but are not limited to: laptop and desktop computers, televisions and monitors, printers, scanners, copiers, microwaves, telephones, and other small electronics and appliances. For a full list of accepted items, visit: www.sunnking.com/acceptable-materials.