St. Joe’s collecting electronics today

St. Joseph Catholic School is once again providing a chance to unload unwanted electronics, but, this time, it’s solely for the benefit of the community.

In the past, the event provided an added benefit beyond just disposing of electronics safely. The school realized a small amount of revenue from being paid for electronics collected on a per-pound basis.

Specifically, Maven Technologies, LLC, of Rochester, N.Y., was paying the school three cents for every pound collected. The money was used towards iPads and wireless internet at the school.

This year, the company isn’t providing the three cents, but is still shipping the electronics out to be disposed of properly.

“We’re not realizing any money coming in from this at all,” St. Joseph Principal Dr. Howard Ferguson said. “Last time we were paid by the pound, but this is a different situation.”

That doesn’t mean those who would like to show appreciation for the service monetarily won’t have the opportunity.

“We’re doing it primarily this time as a community service,” Ferguson noted. “There will be a goodwill offering, but it isn’t required.”

Besides the opportunity to donate, information on the school will be available at the event.

Electronics collection will be held in the back parking lot of the school off of Laurel Street from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m. today.

All electronics disposed of will be recycled, as, according to Maven’s website, “the heart of our process is a commitment to a zero landfill policy, meaning nothing you recycle ever ends up as trash.”

Maven also takes measures to insure security of information from collected devices that could contain personal information such as personal computers.

Acceptable electronic equipment for recycling includes personal computers and laptops; CRT, LCD and security monitors; CRT, flat panel (LCD, plasma, LED), console and projection television; networking devices such as servers, routers, switches, hubs and arrays; printing devices such as printers, fax machines, scanners, copiers, duplicators, plotters and typewriters; audio and video devices such as compact disc, DVD, VHS and Blue-Ray players, MP3 players, iPods, projectors, stereos, video game consoles, speakers, receivers (audio, cable, satellite), recorders and converter boxes; communication devices such as cell phones, PDAs, telephones, pagers, and answering machines; power supplies such as uninterrupted power supplies and surge protectors; microwaves; computer peripherals items used in the function of these devices such as keyboards, mice, speakers, pointing devices; all cables, wires, and power chords used in the function of these devices; hardware including all parts that are, or once were, part of these devices, including circuit boards, hard drives, RAM, processors, power supplies, optical/floppy drives; batteries from laptops or UPSs; telecommunication devices; lab, test or measurement devices such as meters, oscilloscopes, analyzers, and testers; paper such as white ledger (copy paper any size with light printing), office mix (magazines, newspapers, colored paper, envelopes, sticky notes, and register tape; and inkjet, toner and fuser cartridges.

Unacceptable electronic equipment for recycling includes household hazardous waste such as paint, oil, cleaning supplies, medication (pills, liquids); any and all liquids; fluorescent, incandescent, HID, flood, PL, Biax light bulbs or lamps; home appliances such as washers, driers, dishwashers, refrigerators, air conditioners, dehumidifiers, stoves, vacuums, and lamps; alkaline and lead-acid batteries (except for laptop or UPS); gas-powered equipment and lawn equipment.