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E-waste fundraiser to benefit Soroptimists, Colfax Elementary School

Take unwanted electronics to Roy Toms Plaza Saturday
By: Martha Garcia, Colfax Record Editor
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Those who started cleaning up their homes and garages for the citywide garbage pick-up yesterday can finish the job at the free electronic waste collection event on Saturday. But unlike Wednesday?s event, this one is open to everyone. The free Electronic Waste Collection Fundraiser, which benefits Soroptimist International of Colfax and Colfax Elementary School, takes place from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. May 5 in the Roy Toms Plaza parking lot. Soroptimists are making it easy to support the service organization and the school. ?You can stay in your car. We unload for you,? said Soroptimist Melodie Harrison. ?If it plugs in, we?ll take it,? she said. That includes televisions, those super-heavy and big computer monitors that are as large as TVs, notebook PCs, keyboards, PDAs, zip drives, printers, laser and multifunction scanners and fax machines, copiers, stereo equipment, speakers, VCRs, cell phones and telephones, and digital cameras. They?ll also accept small kitchen appliances, such as vacuum cleaners, coffee makers, blenders, mixers and toasters. However, household appliances such as washers, dryers and refrigerators can?t be dropped off. They also can?t take furniture or any time of hazardous waste, including paint, pesticides, used oil fluorescent light bulbs or cleaning supplies. Tires will also be rejected. Soroptimists are working with CEAR Inc., or California Electronic Asset Recovery, to recycle the electronic waste. According to Harrison, the local Soroptimists rely on fundraisers such as Saturday?s e-waste drive to fund its Christmas projects, donate to domestic violence prevention through the international Soroptimist organization, and a women?s health fair planned for October. The fair will be held at the Sierra Vista Center and provide health screenings. Although the service is expensive to obtain, the club hopes to also provide mammography screenings. ?We try to help as many women as we can,? Harrison said. Harrison said this is the first year that the Soroptimists are partnering with the elementary school parent teacher club, which will use proceeds to support student activities, in the fundraising event. The club is also working with Secure Record Management to provide a secure document shredding service from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. The company will charge $5 to shred the contents of a 10x12x15 size box, and will split the profits with the Soroptimists, Harrison said. According to Harrison, last year the club collected 32,180 pounds of electronic waste, totaling about $2,000 for community projects.