p.m., April 19)
Unique partnership turns computer junk into treasure
By Fred Sherwin
load a 1-800-GOT-JUNK? truck with computer waste that's either too old, or longer
in working condition during an e-recyling event on Saturday. Fred Sherwin/Photo
and the Divine Infant Knights of Columbus teamed up for a unique project on the
weekend, collecting cast off computer components to be converted into computer
systems for financially disadvantaged families.
is the first year that the junk collector has teamed up with the Divine Infant
Knights of Columbus. The community service club refurbishes the computer components
and donates them to the Orléans-Cumberland Community Resource Centre which
finds them a new home.
loaded down with old computer towers and monitors started lining up at the temporary
depot in the Silver City parking lot early Saturday morning.
the end of the first hour and a half, the Knghts of Columbus had dozens of usable
components and 1-800-GOT-JUNK? had collected nearly four tonnes of unusable parts
and pieces, including a truckload of old TVs, that were bound for one of two e-waste
recyclers in the region.
locally-owned 1-800 franchise has been diverting recyclable material from landfill
sites since July 2000. Five years ago, they began to see a dramatic increase in
electronic waste as more and more individuals and businesses started to upgrade
their computer systems.
held their first one day e-waste collection event two years ago with moderate
success. This year they publicized the event on a much broader scale and the result
been excellent, said 1-800-GOT-JUNK? co-owner Pierrette Raymond. Obviously,
theres a real need for this type of event, a big part of which is about
educating people about getting rid of their electronics.
the happiest person at Saturdays event was Chris Sharp from the Knights
of Columbus which had a work table set up on site to triage the computers after
they were dropped off and determine what could be salvaged.
was pleasantly surprised with the quality of the components they were receiving.
got a lot of good stuff. People are dropping off P3s and even P4s, said
Sharp. Its very high end stuff.
computer components will go a long way in helping the club keep up with the current
demand. During the past six weeks theyve managed to provide 12 refurbished
computer system to 12 financially strapped families in the area and theres
another 10 families on the waiting list.
has had the distinct pleasure of being able to present some of the computers to
their new owners.
look of joy in their faces is unbelievable. Thas what makes it all worthwhile,
Divine Infant Knights of Columbus will be holding their next recycling day in
the Divine Infant Church Hall between noon and 3 p.m. on May 15 and 1-800-GOT-JUNK?
will once again be on hand to take away whatever they cant use.
junk removal company will be holding their next event in support of the Yard Sale
for the Cure in the Silver City parking lot on May 29.
story was made possible thanks to the generous support of our local
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