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Chamber of Commerce hopes for electronic recycling hat trick

Posted by Christina Jedra  February 22, 2013 10:00 AM

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The Chamber will reward recyclers with 10% of their fee in Marblehead Money.


The following was submitted by the Marblehead Chamber of Commerce: 

The Marblehead Chamber’s Annual Ethical Electronics Recycling Event will be held in conjunction with their Indoor Sidewalk Sale on Saturday and Sunday, March 2 and 3, from 11am – 4pm, both days, rain or snow or shine.

Back in 2011, The Marblehead Chamber of Commerce (MCOC) became the first chamber in New England to sign the Electronic Waste Code Of Ethics, a global set of electronics life-cycle standards developed by environmental educator Christopher Swain. According to the Chamber’s Executive Director, Ann Marie Casey, the idea behind the event is to demonstrate that Member Businesses can do well by doing good. Truth be told, Casey never imagined that she’d collect 8,000 pounds of unwanted electronics (e-waste) that first year, or gather so many extra customers for the Chamber’s Indoor Sidewalk Sale.

When Casey held the event again in 2012,she broke her own record, piling up over 9,000 pounds of e-waste.

This year, Casey wants to smash the 10,000 pound mark.  She knows from experience it is no easy feat to convince folks to dig out their old computer monitors and stereo components and then pay to recycle them, so here’s how she’s planning to make it happen:

First, she is asking the entire region: citizens, businesses, even residents of surrounding towns, to come out and ethically recycle their unwanted electronics on March 2 and 3.
Second, the Chamber is planning to reward every recycler by giving them back 10% of their recycling fee in the form of Marblehead Money, which can be spent like cash at the Indoor Sidewalk Sale held at the same location.

Third, the crew from Ethical Electronics Recycling (EER) is offering an early bird special for folks who can’t make the event on March 2 & 3, or who have items too heavy to transport to the event: a free pickup and a 30% discount on Computers, A/Cs, Heaters, Humidifiers, Dehumidifiers, and Microwave Ovens—through March 1.

Christopher Swain of Ethical Electronics Recycling described it this way, “It’s the best deal we’ve ever offered. If you’ve got any of those items laying around, now is your chance to clear out some clutter, support the Chamber, and protect the environment—all at the same time.”

Finally, as in previous years, there will be free hot coffee and donuts for everyone who attends.

The event will be held in the parking lot outside the Chamber’s offices at 62 Pleasant Street, and the crew from Ethical Electronics Recycling will be accepting nearly anything with a battery or a plug, including: TVs, CRTs, monitors, computers, telephones, laptops, keyboards, drives, all computer peripherals, all kinds of marine electronics, e-readers like Kindle and Nook, copiers, printers, fax machines, scanners, laptops, stereo equipment, speakers, CD & DVD players, iPods, iPads, iPhones, MP3 players, remotes, VCR's, projectors, all kinds of still and video cameras, PDAs, radios and radio equipment, answering machines, camcorders, typewriters, game systems, games, pagers, fans, vacuums, humidifiers, dehumidifiers, air conditioners, microwave ovens, toasters, blenders, small “dorm-room style” refrigerators, power tools, ink cartridges, toner cartridges, USB media, CDs, DVDs, cassette tapes, 8-track tapes, Zip Disks, video tapes, audio tapes, floppy diskettes, cables, cords, wires, and household batteries.

Filing cabinets and office furniture are okay, too. Cell phones will accepted at no charge. No hazardous materials of any kind will be accepted.

Incoming materials will be weighed, and attendees will be charged an Ethical Recycling Fee of $1.00 per pound, payable by cash, check, or credit card.
 
Discounts are available for Marblehead Chamber of Commerce Members, Seniors, and Teachers.

All materials collected will be processed in accordance with the Electronic Waste Code of Ethics: the highest and most comprehensive set of electronics life-cycle standards in the world. The Electronic Waste Code Of Ethics includes a mandate to educate youth about the global problem of Electronic Waste as well as a pledge to prevent e-waste from being dumped or deposited into solid waste landfills or incinerators.  It also requires that electronics not be dumped in developing countries, or processed by child or prison labor.

For more information about the Chamber’s Indoor Sidewalk Sale, please contact: Ann Marie Casey at acasey@marbleheadchamber.org, or, 781.631.2868.

For more information about the Ethical Electronics Recycling Event, or to schedule a pickup, please contact Christopher at 617-233-4120, or, onehealthyocean@gmail.com.

About the Marblehead Chamber of Commerce

The Marblehead Chamber of Commerce is dedicated to the enhancement and development of the business community. We are a non-profit membership organization providing services to over 300 businesses including networking events, web site listings, seminars, health insurance, business & tourism promotions, & advertising opportunities. For additional information about the Chamber, please call 781-631-2868, or visit us on the web at www.marbleheadchamber.org and www.visitmarblehead.com. E-mail: info@marbleheadchamber.org.

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