Students from Mineola Middle School collected nearly 9,000 pounds of electronics during the school’s eWaste Drive on Friday, Oct. 25. Recycling electronic waste keeps it from winding up in landfills and damaging the environment.
Two Brothers Scrap Metal donated the use of a container for the 8,840 pounds of computers, printers, TVs, hard drives, chargers and other devices. Two Brothers said it was the largest amount the Farmingdale-based recycling company has ever hauled from the annual event, which it has participated in for the past four years. Since then, Two Brothers has carted away more than 15 tons of electronic waste to safely dispose of.
The event started as a project by members of the middle school’s robotics club. With the help of students from the environmental club, the eWaste Drive was promoted to the community as a way to get rid of old or broken devices and help reduce the impact of electronic waste on the environment.