Westhampton Beach Earth Day

Making living at the beach at little greener.

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Where Do You Dump That Old Computer (or fax, phone, printer, etc.)

Have you ever wondered what to do with that cordless phone that doesn’t work anymore? Or how about that old computer monitor or mouse that is sitting in the garage? The fax machine you replaced with an All in One unit; where does that get dumped? 75% of discarded electronics end up in landfills each year and the number is increasing. While many states have started to implement laws on the disposal of electronic waste materials much of it is still being thrown away in the trash or incinerated. The potential for chemicals leaching into the ground water or into streams or toxins dispersed in the air are ever more prevalent now that before. Well we have an answer.Ewast Data

April 25th from 1pm – 4pm at the Village Green in Westhampton Beach, the EcoFriends PTO Collective is holding their 7th Annual Earth Day Celebration, and for the second time, offering an Ewaste disposal center courtesy of EcoTech Management.

EcoTech is a Long Island based company that specializes in recycling our old electronic items from TV’s to phones to computers to batteries and more. Check out the list below. If you don’t see something on the list that you really want to get rid of, just call Mike at EcoTech and he will give you an answer on what, where and how to recycle just about anything to do with technology…the man’s a genius!

As for what we will be collecting, or I should say EcoTech will be collecting on April 26th, see the list below. Anything worth recycling money, EcoTech will be writing a check to the EcoFriends PTO Collective so we can bring more environmentally responsible and educational programs to our schools and community. Living at the beach should be as green as we can make it. Thanks EcoTech.

What can you do to help? Well look through the house, the gararage, the shed, under the bed, anywhere you have been stashing the “crap” you want to get rid of and bring it down to the truck that will be parked on Beach Road next to the Village Green, behind the Post Office. There you will find Mike from EcoTech and he will gladly take it off your hands. Also, you can spread the word about the EWaste Program. The more “crap” we collect the better.

Here is a list of the items being collected: If you don’t see something on the list you want to get rid of, simply call (631) 567-2727 to speak with an electronics recycling expert.

  • PC Towers / Servers (Complete)
  • Laptops (Complete)
  • PC Towers/Laptops Incomplete (Multiple parts missing)
  • Keyboards, Mice, Printers, Copiers, Fax Machines
  • CRT
  • Televisions
  • Motherboards/PC Boards
  • High Grade Boards
  • P4 Motherboards
  • Chinese Grade Colored Motherboards
  • Hard Drive Boards
  • Mid-Grade Boards
  • Low-Grade Boards
  • Hard Drives
  • Power Supplies, with wire
  • Power Supplies, without wire
  • Laptop Batteries
  • Cell Phones (Batteries Removed)
  • Memory
  • Processors
  • Switches/Routers
  • Telephones
  • Wire (depending on copper recovery)
  • Fans
  • UPS
  • CD/Floppy Drives
  • AC Adapters (Without Wire)
  • Heat Sinks (Copper ONLY)
  • Heat Sinks (Aluminum ONLY)
  • Heat Sinks (Aluminum and Copper NOT sorted)
  • Heat Sinks (Aluminum with Copper)

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Packing Less Waste

Did you know… that the average sized elementary school generates over 18,000 pound of trash per year?  That our school children’s lunches alone create about 3,500,000,000 pounds of garbage annually? It takes one 15 year old tree to make 700 brown paper lunch bags?  Here are 10 ideas to pack a less wasteful lunch.  Implement them as you can.plastics and cans

  1. Use a cloth napkin.
  2. Reuse disposable flatware or send re-useable flatware.
  3. Wash out plastic baggies and re-use them.
  4. Get really good re-useable containers, buy in bulk and divide.  Avoid single serving products if you can.
  5. Use a stainless steel water bottle and bring water from home.
  6. Pack it all up in a re-useable and washable lunch box or bag.
  7. Teach kids to reduce, reuse and recycle.
  8. Bake your own snack bars.  Cook more, buy less.
  9. Buy only locally grown produce.  Look for farmers markets, farms, CSV’s and other sources of local foods at Food Routes or Local Harvest.
  10. Start a school compost bin and use the compost in the school garden you are going to start next year.

So not all 10 ideas are for everyone, but if everyone just tried a little bit harder, we can improve the planet for future generations. Na na na na…. na na na na …hey hey –good bye.  But really we could.

If you have a great idea for packing a “greener” lunch, or a product to share…do so here.