May 3, 2012: Old TV Sets Raise Money For New Playground.
Old TV Sets Raise Money For New Playground.
By Carl Neustaedter, Event coordinator.
From hulking televisions to mobile phones and even something described as a particle-accelerator, Kitchissippi residents and others brought their old electronics in droves to Broadview School’s first e-waste recycling day. By the time the event, held on Saturday, April 21, was over, four huge waste bins were full.
The event was a fundraiser for Broadview Parent Council’s new playground project. The exact amount raised won’t be known until Ontario Electronic Stewardship, the provincial agency that regulates e-waste and sanctioned this event, weighs the collected material. Similar events have raised more than $3,000. So far, Broadview parents have raised almost $125,000 toward its $150,000 goal for the first phase of the new playground.
The 20 volunteers, mostly fathers of Broadview students, had fun despite the rainy and blustery weather. There seems to be something about smashing large objects into bins that appeals to guys. They were fortified by coffee donated by Starbucks and stayed safe by wearing vests and gloves courtesy of Preston Hardware. More than 450 vehicles passed through the drop-off zone, and others brought their old computers, monitors and other dusty items by foot, on bicycle and even by wagon. Two volunteers even drove around the neighbourhood in a truck, generously loaned by Renaud&Otten real estate, offering a free pick-up service. Broadview Principal Phill Davies pitched in for most of the day, and Mayor Jim Watson and local MPP Yasir Naqvi also put in appearances.
For more information, see http://broadviewparents.org/yard .
Photo Caption: The 20 volunteers running Broadview School’s first e-waste recycling day on April 21 had fun despite the rainy and blustery weather. There seems to be something about smashing large objects into bins that appeals to guys. Here Ottawa Centre MPP Yasir Naqvi helps out. Photo by Carl Neustaedter.