Boy Scout Troop 221 and 1 Green Planet jointly conducted a very successful recycling event in Mill Creek on Saturday, July 28th. Eagle Scout candidate, David Gyuro, organized the event as his Eagle Scout project.
The electronics-recycling event Gyuro planned and carried out was a big success with over 250 residents participating and 862 items collected; including 143 computers, 140 televisions, 132 printers, 43 household appliances, 34 bicycles, numerous lawn mowers, and one motorcycle. 1 Green Planet estimates that over 30,000 pounds of e-waste was collected.
Gyuro teamed with local recycling company, 1 Green Planet, a 501 (c) (3) public non-profit organization whose mission is to provide free recycling. Their operations and programs are funded through public donations and by the revenue received from donated recycled materials. All recycling is processed entirely in the state of Washington. No processing work or material is shipped overseas.
1 Green Planet provided a crew of eight men and four 26-foot trucks to haul away and process the items collected. Fellow boy scouts from Troop 221 provided additional support.
Community turnout was excellent as all four trucks were full by the time the event ended at 2:00 PM on Saturday.
The amount of equipment recycled shows that electronics-recycling events are needed and that people are very willing to recycling their unwanted/unusable items.
Gyuro is very happy that his weeks of planning have paid off and is proud that the event was so well received. He said, “Thanks to all the help I got from members of the community, my scout troop, and the guys at 1 Green Planet; thousands of pounds of unwanted appliances and electronics items will stay out of the landfills.”