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Hard-to-recycle electronics collection day planned at Connellsville center

| Thursday, May 16, 2013, 12:51 a.m.
Rachel Basinger | for the Daily Courier
A hard-to-recycle electronics collection day will be held from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Friday at the Connellsville Area Career and Technical Center. From left are Sarah Aston, Mason Williams, David Chearney and Gage Gainey.

The Electronics Department at the Connellsville Area Career and Technical Center will be collecting old or broken electronics for recycling from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the front entrance of the center.

Senior student Mason Williams said they started the hard-to-recycle electronics collection last year, and it was very well received.

“We actually filled 24 big boxes last year, and we still got more than that,” he said.

Senior Sarah Aston said they are hoping to have as good a response or better this year. Senior David Chearney said they are more prepared with a lot more collection boxes ready.

Last year the group collected everything from televisions and computers to audio chairs, microwaves and a myriad of other small electronics and appliances.

The group cannot collect big appliances, such as washers or dryers, refrigerators, stoves or dishwashers or anything of that size.

The students take the opportunity to try and fix the items if possible, as part of their learning and instruction.

Once the items are fixed, they sell them to the public for a very reduced price or they keep the items for themselves.

Aston said she is hoping that they get some iPods this year.

Williams said they got a few flat screen televisions last year that they were able to fix.

“They maybe needed a circuit board or two, but after they were replaced they worked just fine,” he said.

Money brought in from the sale of the items goes toward class field trips, job internships, spare parts for items they're working on in class or whatever way they can use the funds to further their learning.

The items the students are unable to repair are picked up by Goodwill, which then tries to have them fixed or recycled.

The students agreed they get excited to see what is brought to the event.

Williams added that throughout the year they also fix different electronics for the public, for the cost of parts and maybe a small donation.

Although the school year is winding down, those interested in getting their broken electronics fixed may call the career center at 724-628-1350 and ask for instructor John Hamman.

Rachel Basinger is a freelance writer.

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