Scout Troop 1496 hosts electronic recycling benefit

Bainbridge Island Boy Scout Troop 1496 is holding annual Electronics Recycling Fundraiser from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, May 4 at the First Baptist Church at the intersection of Highway 305 and Madison Avenue.

During this environmentally friendly recycling event, the Scouts will accept broken and unwanted e-waste.

People dropping off computers can choose to have their hard disk ground up at the recycling company’s local warehouse, or  have their hard disk run through a “kill” program to permanently wipe away all stored information so  computers can be resold.

During the event, a nominal fee will be charged for the proper disposal of all electronic equipment.

“Over the past six years we have recycled 15 truckloads of electronic waste off of Bainbridge Island and kept hazardous wastes such as barium, beryllium and lead out of our landfills and groundwater,” said Mark Costa, electronic recycling fundraiser chairman.

Monies raised from previous e-waste recycling events have been used to defray the cost of the troop’s other community-wide service and enrichment projects, he said.

“For instance, we built a new Grand Forest trail, reforested 40 acres of Blakely Harbor Park and constructed a large animal enclosure at the West Sound Wildlife Shelter, in addition to helping create an organic vegetable garden at Woodward Middle School,” Costa said.

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