Enjoy, respect, and preserve the forests of Vigo County
The Earth Day committee of TREES, Inc., in partnership with Indiana State University Recycle Center, has now sponsored eight e-scrap collection events. Five in 2007, two in 2008, and one in 2009. For the 2008 events we welcomed a new working partner, "Recycle Force" of Indianapolis. And, in 2009 Duke Energy became a major partner.
On January 12, 2008 TREES, The ISU Recycle Center, and Recycle Force conducted an e-scrap collection event, coined "Santa's E-Scrap Super Saturday", in Terre Haute. Community response was simply overwhelming. It has been estimated that over 500 vehicles passed through the drop-off lanes in the parking lot at 9th and Chestnut St. It was to have been the standard by which any future events would be evaluated.
Next came "eScrap Super Saturday" on September 20, 2008. Collection grounds were tripled in size, scores of community youth volunteers assisted, and the number of TREES volunteers increased dramatically. Community response was equal that that of "Santa's eScrap Super Saturday" except this time, thanks to precision planning learned from earlier experiences, traffic flowed smoothly all day long.
Finally, our May 16, 2009 "eScrap Super Saturday" was conducted. This final event showcased all we had learned to date about pulling of a complex major community collection. It was a sight to behold as the activities ran like a well oiled machine. And, we just can't say enough about how grateful we are to all of the community volunteers and sponsors who helped pull it all off.
Also, in 2009 we were able to secure three separate grants for the program. One grant went to Recycle Force for a new van to transport escrap from Terre Haute to Indianapolis. A second grant went to the Indiana State Recycle Center for a new fork lift. And, a third grant went to TREES Inc. for education and promotion of escrap solutions.
EScrap is a special problem for the environment because electronic equipment and games contain toxic materials such as lead and mercury that should not be put in the landfill for fear they will eventually leach out into people's water supplies or into streams and rivers. The threat is real and potentially life-threatening for people, animals, and plant materials.
The second reason that electronic trash should not be put in the landfill is because they also contain valuable metals and materials. These include gold and silver, in small amounts, and other materials that can be recycled and recovered for use in new electronics and other manufactured items. Once buried, it would be virtually impossible to reclaim these materials.
Thank you Terre Haute, Vigo County, and surrounding communities for being eco-responsible citizens and shining examples of patriotism to the rest of the nation.
This rare reel to reel tape recorder was dropped off during the May 16 event. Once a top of the line electronic recording device but now nothing more than someone's escrap.
L to R: Mayor Duke Bennett, Tom Leas of IDEM, Katie Spence of IDEM, Tom Gray of Recycle Force, Joy Sacopolus of TREES, and Paul Reed of Indiana State Recycle Center and TREES. Tom Leas and Katie Spencer are from the Office of Legal Counsel, Attorney General's Office. They paid us visit on June 22, 2010 to confirm that all parties concerned are complying with an IDEM grant awarded in 2009.
TREES Inc members Paul Reed, Joy Sacopulos, and Greg Phegley along with local media, met at the Indiana State University Recycle Center to announce a planned e-scrap event scheduled for Saturday, June 18, 2016. The location of the event will be in the parking lot on the west side of N. 9th St. north of Chestnut St. The hours of collection will be from 8 a.m. until 12:30 p.m.
A list of acceptable materials will be posted soon.