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E-commerce, e-readers and countless other electronic devices have given rise to e-waste.
Girl Scouts are responding on Saturday with their annual Forever Green e-waste recycling day.
The organization will collect electronic devices, such as laptop computers and printers from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. at the organization’s Elizabethtown office at 200 Sycamore St. in the Houchens E'town Plaza.
Angie Tinch, program delivery coordinator for the Girl Scouts, said the event has garnered good participation in the past, but the organization wants to get the word out more this year to draw participants who aren’t connected to the Scouts.
“We began as a service-oriented organization, and that’s what we want to maintain,” she said.
The Louisville-based company that will take the waste collected, 2trg, doesn’t accept devices that use water in their operation, such as refrigerators and bread makers.
The company doesn’t ship collected items overseas, as some other companies do, to have them disassembled, which cuts down on emissions, Tinch said.
The company refurbishes some of the items and sells them at a lower rate, doing business with nonprofit organizations, Tinch said.
That keeps items out of landfills and gives shoppers more affordable access to electronics.
The organization will not charge for items dropped off, except for rear-projection televisions. Those cost $20 to drop off.
The event also includes activities for children, such as planting herbs or flowers in biodegradable pots and using beads and recycled water bottles to make jewelry.
Tinch said some children don’t know where their food comes from and it’s important for them to have activities that help them understand agriculture.
Girl Scout leaders also try to instill a sense of responsibility in members, which includes understanding why it’s important to recycle and protect the environment, she said.
“It’s going to become too huge for all of us to deal with, and I think that as our girls are changing, as they’re growing, this is something that their generation needs to be aware of,” she said.
Some Scouts seem to understand the importance of that lesson, especially younger girls who learn about recycling in school and at home, Tinch said.
“I think that the younger ones have a sense that the world is greater than they are, and they want to save the world,” she said. “We can’t purchase all of these material items and throw them away and not think about them again because they will come back.”
Amber Coulter can be reached at (270) 505-1746 or firstname.lastname@example.org.