"It's been really manageable," Wolowicz said. "It really hasn't been a significant amount of work for the chance to make a few hundred dollars for the school."
other potentially toxic ewaste out of landfills.
The tossing is especially apparent in January, according to Arman Sadeghi, the CEO of All Green Electronics Recycling, a national electronics recycler partnering with schools in Ventura County to recycle the unwanted gear.
All Green offers partnerships with schools and other nonprofits and typically pays 10 cents a pound, if the nonprofit does its own advertising and promotion, or 5 cents a pound, if All Green does it for the group, Sadeghi said. He said All Green has partnered with six schools in the county this month.
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CalRecycle spokesperson Mark Oldfield said certified recyclers can collect up to 39 cents per pound of recycle ewaste from a fund established by the 2003 law. The moneys come from a fee of $10 or less assessed on the sale of new televisions and monitors purchased in California since 2005.
At an ewaste collection event in Ojai earlier this month, the Ojai Valley Green Coalition collected over ten tons of ewaste in a single day.
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"A collection event can raise between about $200, if it's a single school department holding a fundraiser, to $1,000 or more, if it's a big football program with a lot of publicity," he said.
In 2008, Sadeghi happened to see a documentary on "60 Minutes" called "The Electronic Wasteland," about how American ewaste is sent to landfills or to massive dumps overseas, where it can end up poisoning impoverished workers trying to pick tiny pieces of gold and other precious metals from computer motherboards. After seeing this, Sadeghi decided to drop out of Harvard Medical School to pursue a new business based on the idea of recycling unwanted electronics without sending the ewaste to landfills or overseas.
Mobile devices, such as cellphones, which often contain precious metals, can usually be recycled through the retailer, or returned by mail to the manufacturer. Owners also often resell cellphones, or donate them to charity. Every year we also turn around and dispose of well over two million tons of old electronic gear, now known as "ewaste."
"You get this mountain of ewaste," said Deborah Pendrey, who leads the coalition. "It kind of stuns people to see that much ewaste pile up in one place, from one little community, on one day."
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