Electronics Recycling

Flyers for an electronics recycling contest at the Desert Vista book store on Friday, Sept. 14, 2012.

One Desert Vista High School teacher is trying to start a campus-wide electronics drive to benefit the school’s sustainability efforts and programs.

Through an electronics collection company called Youchange, Kris Rademacher, who teaches chemistry and environmental science, thought she’d bring the drive to her own school.

Rademacher said ideas for planning a drive and competition sprouted last year. This October, the ideas may soon be a reality.

From Oct. 22 through Nov. 2, through Youchange, the school will be officially collecting electronics to send to Youchange that tallies up amounts of electronics from about 100 different schools. The grand prize winners for the most electronics will win $10,000. Youchange sorts through the salvageable electronics and then pays the resale value.

Though the various used electronics are being accepted now, the final planning is still in it’s early stages.

“We really hope an interest from the community will build,” Rademacher said.

On a smaller scale in conjunction with the drive, Rademacher has ideas for each homeroom class to compete with one another for the most collections as well as advertise the drive and collect during home football games.

“If we can make some extra money to help our school, then why not?” Rademacher said.

Youchange will accept cell phones, smartphones, tablets, gaming systems, digital cameras, GPS devices, stereo systems, CD players, and the like. Large appliances, batteries or light bulbs will not be accepted.

Rademacher plans to use all money raised during the fundraiser toward putting recycle bins in classrooms, the cafeteria, and sports fields. But the biggest plan for the money will go toward paying for sustainability field trips like visits to recycling plants.

She mentioned that contrary to popular belief, most high school-aged students do recycle, and have grown up in this generation caring about sustainability to some degree.

For the drive, Rademacher hopes to instill a sense of conserving even more.

“It’s a matter of training them,” Rademacher said about recycling. “The earlier you teach them, they will just do it automatically.”

For more information on Youchange, visit youchange.com.

• Contact writer: (480) 898-4903 or dmartinez@ahwatukee.com

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