Do a little spring cleaning and take old computers, cell phones, VHS players and other used electronics to a free community electronics recycling event from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, April 12 in the parking lot at 6005 Westview Dr., Houston.
The event is being sponsored by Choice Partners cooperative, a division of Harris County Department of Education and one of their vendor partners. ARC, an information technology company, is coordinating the event with Fone4Schools, an organization that helps local schools raise money by converting donated electronics into funds for student programs.
Les Hooper, executive director of facilities, is enthusiastic about the program. “This is a great opportunity to accomplish two things: you can get rid of electronics that you don’t want any more in a responsible way, while supporting education.” The ARC/Fone4Schools program will donate a portion of the proceeds from recycling the donated electronics to HCDE to support education efforts. Fone4Schools follows the strictest environmental and security standards for donated electronics, and has a “no-landfill” policy.
Fone4Schools is run by Strategic Mobile Group, LLC of Austin Texas and is a small, minority-owned business that provides logistics and asset recovery services to hundreds of schools, federal, state and local government agencies as well as corporate organizations nationwide. The company was founded in 2011 to provide schools with advanced fundraising capabilities that help the environment and students.
Items accepted, working or not, at the Community Recycling Day on April 12, 2014 include:
• Cell Phones or Smartphones (i.e. Android, Blackberry or Apple)
• Tablets (i.e. iPads, Kindles or Android Tablets)
• Home Electronics, Stereo Equipment and Cable Boxes
• Computer Accessories & Printers
• Laptop and Desktop Computers
• Personal Electronics (i.e. cameras, ipods, video cameras)
• Monitors & CRT’s
• CD’s, DVD’s and VHS tapes
• TUBE TVs OR APPLIANCES ARE NOT ACCEPTED.
About Choice Partners: Choice Partners national cooperative offers quality, legal procurement and contract solutions to meet the purchasing needs of governmental entities. Contracts are competitively bid so governmental entities can act immediately to access the contract they need, saving time and money on the bidding process and purchase. Choice Partners includes contracts for facilities, food and food services, technology and supplies, including a unique school supply catalog. For more information, call 877-696-2122 or visit www.choicepartners.org.
About HCDE: Harris County Department of Education provides education services to the general public and 25 school districts throughout Harris County and beyond. Services include adult education, programs to promote safe schools, after-school programs, therapy services, professional development for educators, special schools, alternative certification for principals and teachers, Early Childhood Intervention and Head Start programs. HCDE also offers purchasing procurement, grant development, program research and evaluation, records management, and school finance support. Since 1889, HCDE’s services continue to evolve to meet public education needs. Visit us at www.hcde-texas.org.
Carol Vaughn, Communications/Media Relations Manager