By Thea Hassan:
Riding past Lafayette Square yesterday afternoon, I noticed some men with t-shirts reading, “get trashed in the square.” Intrigued, as this is one of my favorite summertime activities, I biked over for a closer look.
To my surprise, and only mild disappointment, it wasn’t booze they were talking about. They were collecting trashed electronics. The event was EcycleBFLO, sponsored by Sunnking Electronics Recycling. Sunnking is a business located in Lancaster that recycles electronics in an environmentally-friendly way. After removing components that are toxic to the environment, such as mercury, lead, or brominated flame retardants, the company recycles 97 percent of the materials collected, according to their website. Metals are crushed to be reused, and computers that can be refurbished are donated to schools in need.
Items being collected included laptops, desktops, televisions, fax machines, printers, and circuit boards. This is the third year the company has held the event, and it has since been a successful collection. Unfortunately, the downtown collection event only lasted until 3 pm – fortunately Sunnking Electronics Recycling also does pick-ups, so if you have any electronics laying around, consider recycling it instead of sending it to the landfill.
Or you can wait for next year, and get trashed in the square!