The City of Coral Gables hosted a successful electronic recycling event in April collecting almost 8,000 pounds of electronics.
The event was organized by the city’s Sustainability Advisory Board, with support from the Public Works Department and STS Electronic Recycling. To date, the city has collected more than 18,000 pounds of electronic waste in two recycling events held at the parking lot of City Hall.
The discarded electronic items, which contain pollutant elements such as arsenic, lead, lithium or chromium, will not go into landfills, protecting the environment. Among the items dropped off for recycling were TVs, computers, printers, cell phones, and gaming systems.
Old athletic shoes also were collected which will be recycled and used to create flooring for playgrounds. Participants also donated used eyeglasses which will be donated to a local non-profit to benefit people in need.
The city is planning on hosting two additional electronic recycling events on July 16 and Nov. 12, from 9 a.m. until noon.
For more information on upcoming events or to read about the city’s sustainability efforts, visit www.coralgables.com/sustainability or call 305-460-5008.