E-waste drives a success
June 3, 2014
Nonprofit groups in western Nevada County earned $5,000 by partnering with Old Barn Self Storage to collect electronic junk in 2013.
This year, they could hit that mark again, earning more than $1,500 in e-waste drives so far.
During June, Union Hill School is the nonprofit partner Old Barn Self Storage in Grass Valley. All electronic waste brought this month to Old Barn, in Grass Valley, will benefit educational assemblies for students, school employee Pam Torkman said.
“We put in a lot of time on the e-waste drives” – about 35 to 40 hours each month, said Old Barn Manager Lloyd Young. “We’ve had people come by and drop off items as little as one cell phone and as large as 60-inch, flat-screen TVs.”
Nonprofits receive 100 percent of the drive earnings, he added.
Two 10-by-20-foot storage units recently were emptied of fans, stereos, lamps, vacuum cleaners, DVD players, copy machines and other stuff gathered by the April partner, Youth Bicyclists of Nevada County.
Other partners include Anew Day, Retired and Senior Volunteer Program, Sierra Nevada Memorial Hospital Foundation, Meals on Wheels, Nevada County Food Bank, Forest Charter Education Foundation, Women of Worth and the Barbara Schmidt Millar Triathlon Foundation.
Waste is taken by SIMS Recycling Solutions Co. in Sacramento.
Old Barn accepts electronic waste from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. daily at the top of the hill at 175 Springhill Drive, Grass Valley. More information is at http://www.OldBarnSelfStorage.com or 530-274-4455.